Singapore, LOKPAL BILL. Seriously? Or Another Facebook hoax?

 In 1982, In Singapore, LOKPAL BILL was implemented and 142 Corrupt Ministers & Officers were arrested in one single day.. Today Singapore has only 1% poor people & no taxes are paid by the people to the government, 92% Literacy Rate, Better Medical Facilities, Cheaper Prices, 90% Money is white & Only 1% Unemployment exists.. Re Post this if you want to live in a corruption free country.. !!

     I am coming across this atleast ten times a day. Does it make any sense? Yes, people do repost this in a spirit of patriotism. But again, are the stats right? I seriously doubt the legitimacy of this post.
     So to dig in further on this, I Google'd Singapore Lokpal. The results gave me a feel that such a thing never exists(I am sorry, but I am totally unaware of such a bill). But then I found a few links which made me realise there exists such a bill. This was the best page that explained about Lokpal -

     But then the last statement always make me think twice before believing it. Re Post this if you want to live in a corruption free country.. !! is apparently the cheapest technique to forward stats, and the best one to forward hoaxes. I have written a few posts regarding this, read them here - Spams
     Then I came across another page, which strengthened my suspicion on the facts. When I visited, the questions raised there were the following.

  • “The basic idea of the Lokpal is borrowed from the office of the ombudsman in other countries.”Since when Singapore has ombudsmen to begin with.
  • The terms Employment/unemployment/poor Cannot be statistically used unless u define them especially for a country like Singapore which refuses to draw a Poverty Line. What do u think poor is.. “never seen a Rs.100 or bigger denomination before in their life” .
  • “No Taxes”…lol…seriously…Wht do u think the IRAS of Singapore does….Sell Peanuts!!!
  • 1% unemployment is quite impossible – there is a theoretical min natural unemployment rate which is abt 2%.
  • Singapore has hardly reported the arrest of a single minister for corruption…Let alone 142!!!…As a matter of fact i dont think there r 142 different individuals who ve been a minister in Singapore.
Even though I cannot assure the truth in above facts, I believe there is something to be inferred.
     Facebook hoaxes and scams are spreading like a wildfire. So it would be nice if each one of us give a second thought on what you share.

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