“Singapore does not tolerate the use of its financial system as a refuge or conduit for illicit funds. Since the middle of last year, the Commercial Affairs Department and the Monetary Authority of Singapore have been actively investigating possible money-laundering and other offences carried out in Singapore.
“In connection with these investigations, we have sought and are continuing to seek information from several financial institutions, are interviewing various individuals, and have seized a large number of bank accounts,” . Quote from an official of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and its Commercial Affairs Department (Malaysian Insider)
A quote worthy of analysis coming from a sanctimonious state apparatus in a state built on illicit funds. Blogger Gopal Raj Kumar has this interesting blog to share:
SINGAPORE’S MONEY MORALITY- LO HSIN HAN DRUG LORD AND MASS MURDERER
Lo Hsin Han the Burmese drug lord (of Chinese descent) whose mules Singapore hanged so liberally over the years, did not only park his drug money in Singapore bank accounts under its secrecy provisions. Singapore well aware of the origins of his funds, joint ventured with Lo in rapid property developments and other profitable high flying investments in Myanmar. They allowed Lo first to launder his funds in Singapore bank accounts. All this done under the cover of darkness because the world had embargoed the outlawed regime of the military government in Myanmar. But that would not stop the high moral state of Singapore from making a quick dirty buck out of the state and its people (Helen Vatsikopolous-Dateline Special Broadcasting Service-2003). Helen was banned from entering the island state city after her report went to air.
SUHARTO’S BLOOD SOAKED BILLIONS-WASHED IN SINGAPORE
The blood thirsty Suharto cult of Indonesia is another contradiction of the above ‘principled’ statement by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Suharto and his cronies piled all their ill gotten gains from the rape and pillaging of Indonesia and its state coffers over 3 decades into Singapore bank accounts with the full knowledge and approval of Singapore’s monetary authority and its Commercial Affairs Department.
Much of the Suharto money trail was later traced to various accounts held in Singapore by Suharto’s Cukongs, prominent international and local law firms and the major international accounting firms acting as nominees for the Suharto deposits in Singapore.
Suharto’s Chinese Cukongs led by the late Liem Sioe Liem who also misappropriated and stole billions of dollars of state and international donor funds and loans out of Indonesian banks, parked his ill gotten gains in Singapore banks with the full consent and knowledge of the MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore).
(Richard Borsuk and Nancy Chng- Liem Sioe Liong’s Salim Group “the business pillar of Suharto’s Indonesia- Published Institute of South East Asia Studies…… Confidential US State Department Reports on the Suharto family and government in Indonesia 1998).
SINGAPORE AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE DIRTY MONEY SWISS LAUNDRY
Singapore has been the South East Asian conduit for the ill gotten gains it so sanctimoniously and hypocritically speaks out against becoming.
Singapore has been store and laundry, conduit and accessory to the blood money of many of the former dictators in the region.
Singapore’ banking clients in this regard include Ferdinand Marcos and his family, Prince Norodum Sihanouk, General Thieu and Air Marshall Ngyuen Cao Ky (Former presidents of Viet Nam), General U Ne Win of Myanmar, Thaksin Shinawatra (and his predecessors in office Thanom Kitikachorn and a number of former generals) of Thailand, and the more benign depositors like the Tengku Abdul Rahman, Khoo Teck Phuat, almost all of the Sultans of Malaysia, prominent members of parliament and cabinet, the legal fraternity and a host of other industrialists and institutions from Malaysia.
Singapore’s very precious words as to why they are partaking in this investigation along with the Swiss prosecutors office in Zurich against the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the so called 1MDB ‘corruption’ (read destablization of Malaysia) is fraught with difficulties and dangers for the Island state. It will inevitably backfire on them.
WHY DIRTY MONEY AND PIOUS PLATITUDES DON’T MIX WELL
Australian intelligence and their American counterparts stationed in Singapore have identified accounts of ISIS money men in Singapore banks. These include accounts belonging to supporters and operatives of the ISIS terror organization moving large amounts of money to and through Singapore bank accounts some via third party dummy corporations leading to Singapore’s Charter Industries, to Toyota and to other suppliers to acquire equipment, light arms and ammunition for ISIS in its operations in Syria.
It is not the first time Singapore’s ‘dancing with the devil’ has been caught out in the light of day.
Singapore banked the notorious Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. They hosted the Tigers shipping companies, their arms purchases and logistics headquarters (not forgetting the plastic explosives used to assassinate former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was traced back to a batch supplied to the Tamil Tigers by Charter Industries of Singapore).
Charter Industries is a Singapore government owned and controlled arms manufacturer.
When Ferdinand Marcos was forced to flee the Philippines aboard an American Air force jet in 1986, he did not, as was widely believed then, take all that he had looted from the Philippines out of the Philippines that day on that Air force jet.
Years later an intelligence leak revealed that Lee Kuan Yew was overheard through American and British intelligence wiretaps speaking to Juan Ponce Enrille the then defence secretary of the Philippines (and a personal friend of Lee’s) confirming what he Lee had been told: ”the transfers had cleared and were safely in Singapore“. The transfers referred to in that conversation is said to be a reference to nearly US$2 billion which went through Singapore Banks first before the Marcos’ ordered it transferred to accounts in Switzerland from Singapore.
The Swiss use Singapore to launder dirty money through a series of ’round robin’ transactions before it finally reaches its Swiss destination cleaned.
Each of these transactions and the dummy corporations it is carried out under ‘evaporates’ after the money is transferred to another secret jurisdiction in the name of another dummy corporation, ending up with the winding up of each dummy corporation as the money leaves each jurisdiction till it arrives in its final destination of Switzerland. It takes minutes to accomplish the laundering and transfers through 4 countries.
A NEW INDIAN LAUNDRY
Corrupt Indian government officials and tax dodgers now prefer to use Swiss accounts in Singapore rather than have them subject to the laws of the Swiss because of Switzerland’s vulnerability to US and West European government pressures.
India today is one of Singapore’s largest banking customers. Most of its illicit, corrupt and tainted money, corrupted in every sense of the word under Singapore and Indian law is comfortably first parked in a Singapore government supervised laundromat which Singapore denies exists. And the Singapore banks and its Monetary Authority is fully aware of it.
SINGAPORE’S MONEY MANAGEMENT SKILLS
As a monetary authority and super manager of funds, Singapore’s recent track record in respect of its handling of dirty money requires some soul searching of its own. But there will be no Shannon Teoh Sunday Times report admonishing the state or repeating what we write here. After all Shannon Teoh the ‘Chevening scholar’ was prepared to repeat slurs and allegations by unnamed and unidentifiable sources for his report on Malaysia’s 1MDB without repercussions which he is unable to do in Singapore with or without first hand evidence.
At the height of the Global Financial Crisis in 2007-2008 it was discovered and tacitly admitted to by Singapore’s government that its sovereign fund Temasek under the capable guidance of its Chief, the wife of prime minister Lee Sien Loong, lost around US$65 billion in bad investments particularly made in the financial sectors in Europe and the US.
No disclosures of any significance was made by Singapore’s government as to how where and why these investments turned sour. All that the government in Singapore was prepared to say was that its people would have to work harder and longer to make up for what was degraded and lost in their pensions managed by the state in these bad investments.
Perhaps Shannon Teoh will do a report on the loss of US$65 billion of Singaporean funds which when compared to 1MDB’s $4 billion ‘losses’ is staggering, monumental and worthy of reporting.