SINGAPORE - Four men were charged in court on Friday (June 3) with abetting to give bribes of $100 to $450 to former technicians, to go easy during their inspections.
Chinese national Li Chen, 33, faces three charges while Malaysian Nyap Fat Ming alias Richard Nyap, 61, Myanmar national Aung Myat Wynn, 32, and Bangladeshi Mohammad Jasim Uddin Habej Uddin, 34, were charged with one count each.
Li allegedly gave two sums of $100 to then SP Services' technician Jasman Tiron, 55.
This was so that Jasman would not create difficulties when inspecting electrical board installations done by Great Resources M&E Contractor at Block 55 Havelock Road and Block 780E Woodlands Crescent on Sept 26, 2011 and Nov 29, 2013 respectively.
The third charge states that he abetted by conspiring with Aung and Mohammad Jasim to corruptly give $450 to induce SP PowerGrid's then technician Muhamad Ridhuan Ramli, 33, to go easy when inspecting electrical board installations by Hong Dat Engineering at Block 667A Punggol Drive on Aug 8, 2014.
Nyap is accused of abetment by instigating Li to corruptly give $100 to Jasman so that the latter would not create difficulties for Great Resources' electrical installations.
Aung faces a charge of abetting an offence by conspiring with Li and Mohammad Jasim to give $450 to Ridhuan to go easy on Hong Dat in his inspection of its electrical board installations.
Mohammad Jasim was charged with abetment by conspiring with Li and Aung to give $450 to Ridhuan.
All except Mohammad Jasim were represented by lawyers.
Mohammad Jasim told the court through an interpreter that he wishes to engage a lawyer. His case will be mentioned on June 17 while the other three will be back in court on July 8.
Both Jasman and Ridhuan have been convicted and sentenced to six weeks and two weeks' jail respectively earlier this year. They were each also ordered to pay a penalty of $200.
A statement from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption. The bureau takes a serious view of any corrupt practices, and will not hesitate to take action against any party involved in such acts.
The maximum penalty for corruption is a $100,000 fine and five years' jail.
Update: Nyap has been acquitted as of Feb 7, 2017.