This Calder Hart issue has me perplexed. We had the Uff Commission, which cost the country over $60 million and which highlighted some serious issues that ought to be investigated. We have had the impetus by the Office of the Attorney General to have the Calder Hart matter brought before the courts. However, there is a troubling and disheartening development as this case is now languishing in the office of the DPP without any clear course of action for this matter of national importance.
We have often spoken about the Singapore model of development for our country, and that we should model our development efforts to mirror theirs. However, I would like to point out one important factor that would greatly hinder our efforts if we ever come close to close to realizing this goal. Key to the Singapore’s success was their insistence to weed out and be highly intolerable of corruption in the initial stages when their country was being formed. We, according to our history, was the complete opposite. Corruption was allowed to flourish and become a deep rooted scourge in our society. It is like a parasitic vine, that stifles productivity and does not allow a nation to reach its true potential. Those legal gatekeepers, whose job is to ensure justice for all, should be bending over backwards to bring this case in front of the courts. This would be a move that indicates corruption would not be tolerated in our country and we, as citizens, would begin to see that serious steps are being made to rid us of this scourge. I hope the DPP and the Chief Justice would see it fit do this sincere favour for our country.