The numbers of cases investigated and complaints received by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has hit the lowest level since 30 years ago.

According to the CPIB’s inaugural report of detailed corruption statistics released today, 736 complaints were lodged last year, with 136 cases being investigated.

The majority of the cases were from the private sector. 85% were with regards to individuals giving, offering or receiving bribes. 10% of these cases involved public officers rejecting bribes offered by individuals.

Last year, individuals from the private sector accounted for 88% of those prosecuted for corruption offences. Of the cases taken to court last year, the CPIB highlighted several areas of concern for the construction, sales and logistics professions, such as bribing of front-line employees in departmental stores or bribery to secure contracts.

In 2013, 792 complaints were lodged and 136 cases investigated.

Persons convicted of an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act could face up to five years’ jail time and/or S$100,000 fine.

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