Singapore Chief Justice emphasises anti-corruption in Newcastle Law School speech

5 December 2014

The Chief Justice of Singapore, the Hon. Justice Sundaresh Menon, delivered an address to Newcastle Law School recently, stressing that corruption is a singular threat to the rule of law.

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Chief Justice of Singapore the Hon. Justice Sundaresh Menon at Newcastle Law School

He recalled the rise of Singapore from its humble beginnings and noted that, without an abundance of natural resources, the state would have struggled to achieve its current status as an extremely wealthy economy but for its development of robust institutions built upon the rule of law.
The Chief Justice said “corruption is an insidious threat to be guarded against constantly… that [the idea of bribery] is anathema to Singaporeans.”
He paid tribute to the founding leader Mr Lee Kuan Yew for entrenching a revulsion for corruption in the Singaporean DNA.
Newcastle Law School Dean Professor Sandeep Gopalan introduced Justice Menon as a distinguished jurist who has notched up transformative achievements since taking office as Chief Justice in November 2012. During his tenure, he has spearheaded efforts to establish an International Commercial Court at Singapore to provide a venue for predictable and transparent result ion of disputes in the wider region and reformed the family court system in that country. Menon has also spoken out publicly about the need for all public servants, no matter how high, to be subject to the rule of law.
Newcastle Law students and staff interacted with the judge following the lecture.

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