Something is rotten in the state of….

A suitcase full of cash

One of the most moving descriptions of corruption I have ever read.

Corruption is a topic that is often under-emphasised in GP. It is worth reading and thinking more about corruption because it is a problem that afflicts virtually every country in the world. There is no such thing as a country with zero corruption. Only a small handful of countries – among them Singapore, Sweden and New Zealand – enjoy a nearly corruption-free environment. If you were to live in a country with significant or severe corruption, virtually every aspect of your life would be affected by it: economic, social, environment, healthcare, education, law and order, security and more. Corruption robs billions of people around the world of their resources, their hopes and dreams, even their dignity every single day. It is one of the major contributing factors behind poverty. As long as corruption cannot be tamed, poverty can never be eradicated (this has great relevance to the 2009 A-level GP essay question “Is the elimination of global poverty a realistic aim?”) What causes corruption? Can it be eradicated, or at least well controlled? How did countries like Singapore succeed in preventing corruption when so many other countries have failed? These are all important questions to ponder, and sometimes it is better for a GP student to ponder and research these questions for herself rather than for a teacher to merely give her the answer.

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About gptuitionsg

A dedicated English and GP tutor with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, Steven Ooi retired from the profession after a 14-year career during which he was one of the most sought-after private tutors in Singapore. He is the recipient of the Minerva Prize from NUS, which is awarded to the top English Language honours student of each cohort. This website, which has consistently ranked among the top 10 on Google and has received over 530,000 hits, has now been converted into a GP resource site cum listing of recommended tutors. If you are a GP or English tutor who wishes to be listed here, please email Steven Ooi at stevenooi18 @ (remove the spaces). Interested parties will be assessed and interviewed by him, and qualifications will be checked. These procedures are necessary to uphold quality standards. DISCLAIMER: While every reasonable effort has been made to assess the competence and verify the qualifications of recommended tutors here, no guarantees are made and you engage them at your own risk. By using this website, you agree that you will not hold the webmaster Steven Ooi responsible for any consequences — direct or otherwise — that occur in relation with your use of this website.
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