CPIB unveils newest recruit - a furry polar bear named 'Kopi Lim'

PHOTO: Facebook/CPIB

You won't want to "lim kopi" with law-enforcement authorities in Singapore, but this new recruit from our Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) may be making people think twice.

The government agency has welcomed a new member into its fold, and he is 'beary' adorable.

Kopi Lim, a polar bear plushie, was introduced online on Saturday (Sept 16), along with a full profile, which states that he is "24 (in human years)".

A warm welcome to our newest officer of the CPIB! Reporting to work on Monday, 18 September 2017, Kopi Lim will bring you more insights into our anti-corruption work.

Posted by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore on Friday, 15 September 2017

His name is a play on the colloquial expression, "lim kopi", which means "drink coffee" in Hokkien but also refers to when police are investigating someone.

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Posted by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore on Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kopi Lim's description also throws up gems like: "I used to think I was going to be a barista when I grow up, but it all changed when I heard about the work of the CPIB."

Under his 'Likes', he lists "anti-corruption work, honey, fishing, swimming and reading with a cuppa".

Reactions to the mascot have been welcoming, judging by comments from bemused netizens on CPIB's Facebook page, with the post being shared more than 230 times.


Photo: Facebook/CPIB

In a separate post on Monday (Sept 18), it gave an update on Kopi Lim's 'first day at work', where Kopi Lim confessed that he was "feeling the jitters".

First day of work. Feeling the jitters because I don’t know if I will fit in or not. I have some time to read up on the...

Posted by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore on Sunday, 17 September 2017

According to a spokesperson for CPIB, the mascot is a public relations initiative to commemorate its 65th anniversary on Sept 18. It is also hoped that the persona can better reach out through social media to educate the public on the perils of corruption as well as the work of the CPIB.

And lest we forget that Kopi is a civil servant, as listed under his 'Habits', it is "Making sure my fur is always white" (hint, hint).

candicec@sph.com.sg

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