Learning from Singapore’s effective anti-corruption strategy

Jon S.T. Quah (Anti-corruption Consultant, Singapore)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Publication date: 3 January 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explain why Singapore has succeeded in curbing corruption and to recommend three measures for enhancing South Korea’s anti-corruption strategy.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper compares the contextual differences between Singapore and South Korea before analysing Singapore’s effective anti-corruption strategy and identifying the weaknesses of South Korea’s anti-corruption strategy.

Findings

Singapore’s success in minimising corruption is the result of its government’s strong political will and the adequate budget, personnel and operational autonomy given to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau to enable it to enforce the anti-corruption laws impartially. To improve South Korea’s anti-corruption strategy, the Korea Anti-Corruption Agency should be established and adequately staffed and funded to investigate corruption cases. Those found guilty of corruption offences should be punished according to the law, without suspending their jail sentences or being pardoned by the president. Finally, the existing public outreach anti-corruption programmes should be evaluated to identify their weaknesses and improve their effectiveness.

Originality/value

This paper recommends three measures for South Korean policy-makers to improve their anti-corruption strategy by learning from Singapore’s success.

Keywords

Citation

Jon S.T. Quah (2017) "Learning from Singapore’s effective anti-corruption strategy", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 17-29

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/AEDS-07-2016-0058

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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