Former business director of ST Electronics subsidiary charged with corruption

A former business director from a subsidiary of ST Electronics was charged in court on Friday for two counts of corruption.

Mark Edward Tjong, 47, who was then working with ST Electronics (Info-Software Systems), was alleged to have received bribes of a total of $87,386.67 in August 2006, across two payments.

The money was allegedly paid by Mr Mujibur Rahman, the managing director of Bangladeshi firm Kings Shipping and Trading Co, in return for Tjong appointing him as an agent of ST Electronics - so that Mr Rahman could assist with a project with the Bangladesh Police Department.

It is believed that the American citizen and Singapore permanent resident had resigned from the company after he was first investigated by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in 2011.

A pre-trial conference will be held on July 25. If convicted of corruption, Tjong faces a maximum punishment of up to $100,000 and/or a jail term of five years.