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From 3rd World To 1st World

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When Singapore started life as an independent, separate country in 1965, Singapore’s prospects did not look good. Tiny and underdeveloped, it had no natural resources and a population of relatively recent immigrants with little shared history. The country’s first prime minister, the late Lee Kuan Yew is credited with transforming it. He called one volume of his memoirs, “From Third World to First World”.



Singapore Skyline today Credit: Flickr


How became Singapore such an economic success?


First, its strategic location and natural harbor helped it a lot.. It is at the mouth of the Malacca Strait, through which perhaps 35% of world maritime trade passes. It was an important trading post in the 14th century, and again from the 19th, when the British founded the modern city.

Now it is at the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic regions. Under Mr Lee, Singapore made the most of these advantages.

Second, under Mr Lee, Singapore welcomed foreign trade and investment. Multinationals found Singapore a natural hub and were encouraged to expand and prosper.

Third, the government was kept small, efficient and honest—qualities absent in most of Singapore’s neighbors. It regularly tops surveys for the ease of doing business.

But the island city is not ideal. Although clean and orderly, it has harsh judicial punishments, a tame press and illiberal social policies.

But the main reason why Singapore managed to transform itself from a little slum into one of the richest economics on this planet is hidden behind the curtains of its government – and its anti corruption campaign.



Yes, corruption  is named as the no-growth factor for any country and the most exceedingly bad ailment that can easily happen to an advanced society. It prompts wasteful working of the value climbs, wrongdoing, economy, and other things. Even terrible upheavals and common civil wars from people. China and a large number of these Asian giants have an infamous notoriety for their outrage, widespread unite, and the unlawful movement openly segments. In any case, in late decades, the Singapore has emerged in contrast with its companions for its absence of corruption.


Singapore anti-corruption stance


Singapore is definitely the fifth minimum degenerate nation on the planet. The nation has a unitary parliamentary framework with Westminster framework. There is an extraordinary office called CPIB (the Degenerate Practice Examination Department of Singapore) in Singapore to explore and to take legitimate activities against corruption. The intense legal framework in Singapore is all around known for its authenticity and unbiasedness in law. City activism, straightforward component, autonomous legal, respectability, and the social unwavering quality are the angles that make Singapore a nation with less corruption.


Skyline Singapore 1960


Methods and steps for a less corrupted country


  1. Political will and honesty

  2. An independent anti-corruption agency

The counter corruption crusade comprised of four components, the first was the foundation of a solid autonomous administration for the battle against the corruption and ill work. From the English frontier government, the country was just left with this Bureau or Department of Corruption Examination (BCI), yet its forces were to a great degree befuddling, and its workers were particularly engaged with trivial cases in lower court and center office of corrupt police, including reviewers. Singapore  has altogether fortified the BCI structure and left on the advanced changes in country’s framework.


  1. Strong laws

Laws against all corruption are intense. The Degenerate Practices Examination Department works straightforwardly with the Head administrator’s office and employs critical power; the Agency can capture people without the warrant and can execute inquiry and the seizure orders unlimited if there is sensible ground to trust that any deferral in acquiring the court order is probably going to baffle the question of the hunt. Those blamed for corruption normally confront a five year imprison term. The fine of S$100,000.


  1. No immunity for officials

All authorities and the involved families were denied resistance. Specialists of the Bureau had the privilege to check financial balances, property, having a place with the authorities as well as their youngsters, spouses, relatives, and the companions. On the off chance that the representative and his families were living past their methods, the Agency was starting examination naturally with no earlier summons from an authority.


  1. High Compensation as an assurance of respectability.  

After institution of the initial two components, the third component was to expand the compensations of authorities. Lee Kuan guaranteed that government employees ought to be paid the most noteworthy wages since they merit it, speaking to a tolerable and genuine government. On the off chance that they come up short on, they might be enticed to participate in degenerate practices. The expansion in compensations has prompted the way that open segment pulled in the best experts. At the point when the nation started a fast monetary recuperation, compensation started to ascend in the extent of the official salary of the big private segment. Government employees and the judges were getting pay rates comparable to those one’s with best administrators of organizations.


  1. Live within the earning means

The assumption of blame specialist – A strict law and order was quickly passed that permitted to consider all the ways that the blamed person was living past their earnings or because of having property related questions, which the citizens failed to procure, on their pay, as a proof for a reward. Then there will be action against them.


  1. Media

The development of autonomous, target media, covering every single discovered instance of the corruption. All officers with corrupt practices will turn into the subject of discussion on front page.


Credits: 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index



Corruption is the main reason for 3rd world countries to stay to not lift them-self out of their misery. Corruption, Corporate welfare, Tax cuts for rich and everything that influences politics out of the corporate or religious sector – namely “Lobbying” – which is really only a legal made form of corruption – threatens even whole 1st world countries to fall back into the 3rd world misery – because capitalism tries to eat up the social welfare parts of our governments to feeds its never ending hunger with this procedure – to make the few on the top richer while society itself degrades. We need to be aware of the effects – corruption itself – and its absence has on our society.


Singapore is a shiny example we should try to follow – And the new Stars on the economic horizon – like India – implements those successful strategies already in its society – it will be interesting to see the changes that will happen in the next 10 to 20 years, when the economic power balance will change based on the wise decisions made by a few leaders today.

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