CPIB will not take further action on corruption allegations about MUIS officer in view of insufficient evidence

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has informed the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) that it will not be taking further action concerning the allegations of corruption involving a Muis officer.

This is in view of insufficient evidence.

Investigating allegations of corruption

Since April 2020, Muis has made public statements addressing allegations made by the Asia Sentinel, a Hong Kong-based publication.

These alleged that Muis showed favouritism in how it recognised foreign halal certification bodies (FHCB).

In response, Muis formed an internal investigation team and invited members of the public to submit evidence and information to assist in their investigations.

The team’s findings were further reviewed by an independent review panel, and the panel’s findings were submitted to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth for another review.

The investigations have found that Muis’ processes are sound and the recognition and delisting of FHCBs had been carried out by officers in a fair and impartial manner.

The accusations alleging abuse of power by a Muis officer were unfounded.

Matter also referred to CPIB

Nevertheless, in the interest of transparency and accountability, Muis also referred the matter to the CPIB for their investigation.

Muis added:

“Muis would like to reiterate that we take all complaints and allegations seriously.

We urge the public to raise any issues needing attention directly to Muis and/or the authorities instead of through third parties or to circulate on social media. Reports of any wrongdoings by officers in Muis will be investigated properly.

Speculations in social media may even compromise the investigation process and have a detrimental impact on the reputation and morale of officers alleged even if later proven unfounded.”

Muis also said that a comprehensive review to further strengthen the FHCB recognition framework has made “good progress.”

It plans to seek feedback from relevant parties on the enhanced framework before its implementation by end-2021.

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