Ang Mo Kio Town Council former GM pleads not guilty to corruption, case to go to trial

Wong Chee Meng, 58, also known as Victor Wong, faces 55 counts of corruptly accepting gratification from Chia Sin Lan, director of 19-ANC Enterprise and 19-NS2 Enterprise, and Ms Yip Fong Yin, a director of 19-NS2.
Wong Chee Meng, 58, also known as Victor Wong, faces 55 counts of corruptly accepting gratification from Chia Sin Lan, director of 19-ANC Enterprise and 19-NS2 Enterprise, and Ms Yip Fong Yin, a director of 19-NS2.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - The corruption case involving Ang Mo Kio Town Council's former general manager will go to trial, after he pleaded not guilty on Wednesday (April 11).

Wong Chee Meng, 58, also known as Victor Wong, faces 55 counts of corruptly accepting gratification from Chia Sin Lan, director of 19-ANC Enterprise and 19-NS2 Enterprise, and Ms Yip Fong Yin, a director of 19-NS2.

The Straits Times understands that Wong plans to contest all the charges.

Wong was general manager and secretary of the Ang Mo Kio Town Council at the time the acts were allegedly committed.

Chia also pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. Chia and Wong are currently out on bail of $100,000 each. A pre-trial conference has been set for May 3.

Wong allegedly took bribes amounting to $107,000 from Chia and Ms Yip, in exchange for advancing the business interests of the companies with the town council, State Courts documents show.

The alleged bribes included overseas remittances to his mistress in China, a job for his daughter-in-law, entertainment expenses at KTV lounges, spa treatments and stays at budget hotels.

The alleged offences took place between December 2014 and September 2016.

Chia, 62, is accused of 54 counts of offering bribes to Wong. He also faces one count of abetment for allegedly conspiring with Ms Yip to bribe Wong by making arrangements for Wong to receive a $13,500 discount on a car he bought.

Chia's companies each faces one charge of corruption for conspiring to bribe Wong to advance their business interests with the town council.

According to the Building and Construction Authority's directory, both businesses are licensed builders and registered to carry out repair and redecoration works.

As general manager, Wong was the most senior executive in the town council. His employer was CPG Facilities Management, the town council's managing agent.

He was removed from duty after the town council received a complaint about him in September 2016 over "the way he handles contracts and dealings in the town council".

He was later investigated by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau.

The town council appointed a new general manager, Mr Ang Boon Peng, last April, about five months after Wong was removed.

If convicted, Wong and Chia could be fined up to $100,000 and jailed for a maximum of seven years on each charge.

The companies could each face a fine of up to $100,000 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.