THE Singapore government is currently reviewing the Prevention of Corruption Act and will beef up the manpower of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) by more than 20 per cent.
These and other initiatives were announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the inaugural "Integrity in Action" public service values conference organised by the CPIB and the Civil Service College.
Mr Lee also announced the setting up of a new one-stop corruption reporting centre - likely to be housed in the city area - so that complaints can be made more discreetly and in a more accessible manner. This reporting centre will be co-located with a permanent heritage gallery to educate members of the public.
In a speech to more than 600 public servants gathered at Suntec City, Mr Lee said that a principal reason why Singapore's public service has been able to do good work for the country is that the officers continue to enjoy trust from the people.
"We trust the public service to carry out its duties capably and competently. We trust the public service to act with integrity, and always in the public interest. This trust that Singaporeans have in the public service as an institution, and in you individually, is critical," he said.