SINGAPORE - A 61-year-old man has been sentenced to four weeks' imprisonment on Monday (March 16) for offering a $200 bribe to a National Environmental Agency (NEA) officer.
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a statement that Wong Sin Wah tried to bribe his way out of a smoking offence on June 20, 2019.
He was spotted smoking under a covered walkway in Yishun by two NEA enforcement officers who were on routine patrol.
One of them, Mr Gobinath Munusamy, told Wong that it is an offence to smoke under a sheltered walkway and asked him for his identification card.
Wong complied and began asking Mr Munusamy for leniency.
While Mr Munusamy was entering Wong's particulars into a hand-held device, Wong offered him four $50 notes.
Mr Munusamy rejected the bribe and reported it to the CPIB.
Wong was charged on Aug 28, 2019, with one count of corruptly offering a bribe of $200 to Mr Munusamy, an offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The CPIB commended Mr Munusamy for rejecting the bribe.
"Singapore adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. It is a serious offence to bribe or attempt to bribe public officers," CPIB said.
Anyone found guilty of a corruption offence can be fined up to $100,000, sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years, or both.