Singapore’s corrupted dictatorship declared itself faultless after the Central Provident Fund (CPF) was found breaching privacy laws by leaking personal details of a CPF withdrawal applicant to the media.
On Dec 19, the CPF wrote to the media disclosing the identity of a complainant who chose to be anonymous. The CPF openly shamed the complainant who wanted to get her CPF retirement funds due to mental depression and financial hardship.
The complainant who is already entertaining suicidal thoughts was further traumatised by her identity being leaked. The incident triggered widespread calls from the public for equality and accountability from the government agency.
According to the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), everything the government did is legal and right:
“The law permits such disclosure, including the identity of the individual, in the public interest.”
The PMO blamed online news media TOC, claiming they wrote a fake news and that the government is “ensuring citizens are not misled”:
“The Online Citizen first published an article on Ms Sua on 17 Dec 2019 which omitted key facts and contained misleading statements. The relevant public agencies jointly issued a clarification to provide the full picture to the public. Some specific personal information was disclosed in order to convey verifiable facts and to enable the individual to challenge the Government’s account of the case, if need be. Public agencies have a duty to preserve the public trust reposed in them and to ensure that citizens are not misled.”
The corrupted government declared that they followed protocols and no law is broken:
“Public agencies abide by the data protection regulations under the Public Sector (Governance) Act and in the Government Instruction Manuals. These are no less stringent than the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) which apply to the private sector.”
Earlier in October, the CPF also disclosed the withdrawal details of another complainant to the state media, in a move to shame the complainant.
The judiciary in Singapore is thoroughly corrupted, with the Chief Justice and Attorney General directly appointed by dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The Singapore dictator often employs legal tools to silent government critics, with the assistance of the corrupted Singapore court, suing them into bankruptcy or putting them away in lengthy jail terms.