SINGAPORE: A former normal supervisor of Ang Mo Kio City Council (AMKTC) was sentenced to jail on Wednesday (Nov 20) together with an organization director who had bribed him for contracts.
Victor Wong Chee Meng, 59, was sentenced to 27 months’ jail whereas 64-year-old Chia Sin Lan, whose two corporations supplied development providers to city councils, obtained 21 months’ jail.
The 2 corporations 19-ANC and 19-NS2 had been fined S$75,000 every. Wong additionally has to pay a penalty of about S$23,300 by Could 2020 for gratification obtained together with a reduction for a automotive and leisure bills.
District Decide John Ng stated Wong’s corrupt acts “had been significantly reprehensible” as he knew the city council’s code of conduct, which he reminded his staff of.
“As a substitute of giving an excellent instance … he had acted hypocritically,” stated the choose. “He has dedicated a grave mistake by succumbing to corruption and falling from grace. He should now face the results of his actions.”
Each males pleaded responsible in March this yr after a number of weeks of trial, with Wong admitting to receiving greater than S$86,000 in bribes from Chia between December 2014 and September 2016.
The majority of this was in leisure bills for a sum of S$34,000 – Chia would take Wong out for leisure at KTV lounges, therapeutic massage parlours and eating places.
Wong, who was additionally an worker at CPG Services Administration, the managing agent of AMKTC on the time, additionally obtained a S$13,500 low cost on a automotive buy. His China mistress Xu Hongmei, whom he met at a KTV lounge, additionally obtained remittances of S$27,800 from Chia.
Due to the regular stream of bribes, Wong grew to become “beholden” to Chia, and was induced into advancing the enterprise contracts of Chia’s companies, 19-ANC and 19-NS2 with AMKTC.
The businesses had been awarded extra tasks by AMKTC in 2015 than in 2014, through the interval when Wong was being bribed, stated the prosecution.
The rise continued in 2016, when 19-ANC was awarded Invites to Quote price about S$121,000, up from S$9,800 in 2014.
Wong admitted that he felt obligated to Chia’s corporations after receiving bribes from their director, and wished to assist them utilizing his authority at work.
His intervention ranged from highlighting the unsatisfactory monitor report of distributors competing towards Chia’s companies for tenders to overtly recommending Chia’s companies.
The choose stated on Wednesday that this was not a case of “outright bribes” like different corruption circumstances, however includes one the place a giver of bribes cultivates the receiver, with mutual advantages in thoughts.
Wong had labored his method as much as normal supervisor on the city council, a place that imbued him with sure powers, stated the choose.
“An individual occupying this senior place carried with him the perceived capability to grant favours to contractors,” Decide Ng added.
He stated Wong had “allowed himself to be cultivated by a contractor”, starting with a request for the automotive buy low cost, and a request for Chia to assist finance the renovation of Wong’s mistress’ house in China.
Because of the bribes, “Wong grew to become beholden to Chia and the 2 corporations”.
ABSOLUTE PROBITY DEMANDED OF ALL TOWN COUNCIL EMPLOYEES: JUDGE
The choose agreed with the prosecution’s submission that “absolute probity is demanded of all officers and staff of city councils”, given the sheer quantity of assets managed by city councils and the “extent to which city councils influence upon the non-public lives of a majority of Singaporeans”.
Nonetheless, he famous that this was Wong’s first brush with the regulation.
He turned to Chia and stated he agreed with the prosecution that there had been clear premeditation on his half “in the way in which he went about cultivating Wong as a way to additional the enterprise pursuits of his corporations”.
He additionally agreed that Chia had taken steps to hide his bribes, utilizing an middleman to switch cash to China and a handwritten ledger.
However the choose disagreed with the prosecution that Chia’s corporations had obtained their contracts illegally, saying these had been awarded via open tenders.
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) stated in a press release after the listening to that Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance strategy in direction of corruption.
“Any one that is convicted of a corruption offence might be fined as much as S$100,000 or sentenced to imprisonment of as much as 5 years or to each,” stated CPIB.
“As this case includes gratification obtained in relation to Authorities contracts, Wong and Chia had been subjected to the improved most penalty of a high-quality of as much as S$100,000 or to imprisonment of as much as seven years or each, and had been sentenced accordingly.”
A spokesperson for the city council informed CNA after the listening to that each one workers members are personally chargeable for making certain that they adjust to the code of conduct.
“Integrity and transparency are key to constructing belief with residents within the administration of the city council,” she stated.
“We actively interact workers via conferences and talks on integrity and transparency issues. Workers and city councillors should additionally declare their pursuits in shareholdings, directorships and contracts as half and parcel of our administration.”