Friday, 11 February 2011

Singapore and the U.N.

To the Editor:

“G.O.P. Renews Call to Tie U.N. Funding to U.S. Goals” (news article, Jan. 26) stated: “The administration of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been accused of being weak on ferreting out corruption. After fierce opposition from member states, including Russia and Singapore, an independent investigations office that unearthed serious procurement corruption was disbanded, and promises to carry out the work internally were never put into effect.”

The reference to Singapore seems to suggest that we condone corruption at the United Nations. This is untrue. Singapore fully backs efforts to keep the United Nations transparent and accountable.

Singapore was not opposed to the United Nations Procurement Task Force. But supporting the task force’s objectives does not mean that we should condone the injustices to a Singapore national that resulted from the task force’s arbitrary and slipshod methods. This is what we had objected to.

Chan Yu Ping

Press Secretary, Permanent Mission

of Singapore to the United Nations

New York, Jan. 31, 2011

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