Quick Edit | We didn’t know this

Quick Edit | We didn’t know this

It’s an excuse popular among errant school - children and visitors who litter Singapore’s roads. And it was pulled out by the government to explain why it appointed a central vigilance commissioner who has a corruption case against him. We didn’t know there was a case, said the government to the Supreme Court while explaining its appointment. Even as one of the three members of the panel that was set up to pick a central vigilance commissioner said that she knew, it’s illuminating to look at just who the government says “didn’t know": home minister P. Chidambaram and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh .While it’s possible that the statement in the court was made by the government’s legal officer without consulting the law ministry, this newspaper is still debating what’s worse: having a chief executive who doesn’t know, or having one who knows and still makes a mistake.

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