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"Are you accusing the Singaporean police of corruption?"

Two recent stories serve as a useful reminder that Southeast Asia’s oasis of good governance (and favorite of those who wish to claim democracy impedes development) is not as clean as many people think. 

First came the story, picked up by the Times of a world-class gangster suspected by European authorities of having fixed hundreds of football matches across the world. So far, requests for extradition have been quietly denied. 

Second came the Financial Times story on a young American engineer who died in Singapore last year, and whose death was not seriously investigated at the time. The engineer was working on a project tied to the Chinese electronics giant Huawei, a company whose presence in the US has come under serious scrutiny for ties to the Chinese national security apparatus. He may have been murdered; he may have killed himself. The key thing is that the Singaporean police did not open an inquest until after pressure from the US ambassador, even after the engineer’s parents raised concerns–and presented evidence–of foul play. 

Singapore is, in many ways, a model city. It is a great place to do business, and its civil service is widely-regarded as one of the least-corrupt in the world. But “corruption-free” has a limited meaning. Singapore’s rulers do not systematically enrich themselves at the expense of the state, as so, so many developing country leaders have done. 

Good on you, Lee Kuan Yew. 

Although Singapore’s civil servants are known for being relatively impervious to bribes, they are part of a system that has interests, and sometimes those interests override the immediate need to provide, say, justice to the family of a dead young man. 

Business-friendly means, in practice, close ties between government and business. Large companies like Huawei have the ear of leaders in Singapore, and one’s word need not be backed up by suitcases of cash for it to matter to the people in charge. All that needed to happen was for someone important to say to someone else important, “We would appreciate it if you didn’t look too hard into this suicide,” and the simplest explanation available–that the engineer took his own life–becomes the official one. Corruption like that is endemic to, well, the world, but it is worse in places like Singapore because there is no free press that can call attention to misconduct of that kind. There is no one who can freely say, “Why has this not been looked into properly?” And there is no political opposition with the power to make hay over that kind of issue. 

Singapore is an autocracy, and in autocracies, the rule of law is iffy at best. Contract enforcement may be golden, and civil servants may be impervious to bribes, but the system itself, with its lack of outside accountability and emphasis on protecting business (not people), ensures that from time to time, justice is not done. 

As for who carried out the murder, if there was one, don’t forget (as the Dan Tan story should have reminded you) that Singapore is in Southeast Asia and a world capital of commerce. Which means Singapore is a good place to find people linked to the Triads, Yakuza, Singaporean mafia (whatever they are called), and the other unsavory elements that naturally crop up in such a place. There’s a reason Hong Kong action movies are all about gangsters; Singapore is about as far from there by plane as New York is from LA. 

You want the rule of law, most of the time? You want justice? Singapore isn’t the place to go looking for that. 

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Highly recommended: Having an accountant with an office near Chinatown, so that you can balance the horror of taxes with the delights of a warm egg custard. Emerson now asks for two Chinese desserts by name. Dan tan (dan means egg) and doufu hua. Both of which, I realize now, I wrote about in “The Gastronomy of Marriage.” She is her mother’s daughter.

Pianigiani and Fuller report for the NYT on the Italian effort to arrest Dan Tan back in 2011.  They describe a scheme to fix a Serie B game.  The syndicate placed four bets on the game, but the players could only arrange two of the outcomes.  My favorite quote:

“[The bad guys said] they had lost half of their money in their wagers — but the corrupt players had lost it all. They would not receive their 100,000 euros [bribes].”

I’m glad the thugs felt sorry for the players.

My second favorite quote from the piece: “Mr. Tan, who is reportedly in his 40s, could not be reached for comment.”

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This was awkward to watch tho. But they handled it so well.

Jimin: My face. 

Members: o god

Jimin: My face…doesn’t it look more mature? I lost weight. What do you think?Don’t I look more mature? Look at me. Love me.

Members: ……yes Jimin your right jimin omg stfu she don like you get over it

Global 'match-fixing ring-leader’ Dan Tan arrested in Singapore

Police in Singapore have arrested 14 people in their most important breakthrough so far into a global football match-fixing network. Among those said to have been detained is the alleged ring-leader, a man known as Dan Tan.

Earlier this year, police in Europe announced they had uncovered evidence that match-fixing networks believed to be based in Singapore were responsible for rigging, or trying to rig, 680 local, league and international matches in countless countries between 2008-2011. In papers filed before a court in Cremona, Italian investigators alleged that Singaporean businessman Dan Tan Seet Eng, better known as Dan Tan, as head of the network.

Under mounting international pressure, Singapore police dispatched officers to be briefed by their Interpol counterparts in Lyons and called in Mr Tan for initial questioning. Late on Wednesday night, they announced that 12 men and two women - all from Singapore - had now been formally arrested.

“Police confirm that the suspected leader and several other individuals who are the subject of ongoing investigations in other jurisdictions for match fixing activities were among the persons arrested,” Singapore police said in a statement…

…In February, following the claims from police in Europe, the Singapore police told local media that half a dozen individuals named by the European investigators had been called in for questioning. A couple of days later, one of those called in, Admir Suljic, boarded a flight for Milan and gave himself up to the Italian authorities. A former player in Slovenia, Suljic was alleged to be an associate of Dan Tan.

Key match-fixing suspect 'assisting' police

A man believed to be at the center of a global football match-fixing ring is co-operating with authorities in Singapore, it was announced on Friday.

Singaporean businessman Tan Seet Eng, also known as Dan Tan, is thought to be a key figure in an ongoing investigation into corruption in soccer by global law enforcers Interpol.

The news follows Thursday’s arrest of Admir Suljic in Italy, a 31-year-old Slovenian who has been accused of being directly involved with a transnational criminal group targeted by Interpol’s “Last Bet” investigation.

The group, thought to be composed of individuals from Singapore and the Balkans, is said to have influenced the results of Italian league matches in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

“The Singapore authorities have been offering assistance and sharing available information with affected countries and will continue to do so,” read a statement from Singapore police.

“Dan Tan Seet Eng, a Singaporean who has been named in reports so far, is currently assisting Singapore authorities in their investigations.”

Police in the Asian country passed on information to Interpol which made possible the arrest of Suljic, who had been a fugitive since December 2011.

The statement continued: “In response to media queries, the Singapore Police Force confirms that it had informed Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) Rome and Interpol’s Command and Coordination Centre at Interpol HQ in Lyon, France of the travel plans of a person wanted by the Italian authorities for investigations into match-fixing.

"The Singapore Police provided this information as part of the regular and ongoing exchange that the Singapore Police Force has with its counterparts.

"The person has since been arrested by the Italian authorities and NCB Rome has sent a message to NCB Singapore thanking the Police for its support in this matter.”

Earlier this month, senior European crime fighters Europol detailed how match-fixing had reached the upper echelons of European football.

Two matches in the continent’s leading club competition, the European Champions League, were among 380 matches in 15 different countries deemed suspicious by Europol.

Rob Wainwright, director of the European law enforcement agency, branded it “a sad day for European football” while the general secretary of football’s global governing body FIFA told CNN match-fixing was a “disease.”

Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua were stripped of a domestic league title won in 2003 and fined $160,000 on Tuesday following a crackdown on corruption.

Shenhua were one of 12 clubs involved, along with 33 individuals. Four former China national team players and a former World Cup referee were banned for life, having been jailed a year ago for the same offenses.

Grantland’s Brian Phillips describes how Dan Tan’s betting ring works.  Also, see KCKRS’ coverage by Jason Davis.

Some folks think this is no big deal because the amount of money hasn’t been that big.  There’s also an argument that since most of these bets don’t affect the winner that they’re harmless.  I’m on the zero-tolerance side.  This is only what they’ve found so far.  As the bettors get more sophisticated they’ll be harder to track, and they’ll get more greedy.  Time to nip it in the bud.

I was tagged by do-u-phil-it to do the 20 beautiful people tag (thanks btw ^^)

So this is my face only now to I realise that I kinda look like a floating head  and the strange and actually quite scary person to my right is my friend who isn’t usually that creepy.

I don’t really talk to many people on here so please be my friend ;-;
Imma just tag some mutuals and people who have blogs that I’m in love with:

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No where near 20 people and obviously you don’t have to do it, just take the tagging as an ‘I think your blog is cool’ >u<

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