Man jailed 3 weeks for trying to bribe HDB inspection officer with packet of cigarettes worth $12.10

SINGAPORE - A 68-year-old man who attempted to bribe a building inspection officer with cigarettes was jailed for three weeks on Tuesday (March 13).

Lam Kim Heng, the operator of Heng Heng Eating House, was on Feb 22 charged with corruptly offering a packet of cigarettes worth $12.10 to Mr Mohd Dzulkarnain Hussein, who works for CPG Facilities Management.

Lam did this so that Mr Dzulkarnain would inform him in advance of future inspections at the coffee shop.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said that Mr Mohd Dzulkarnain was conducting a check for violations of Housing Board regulations on Oct 14 last year.

CPG Facilities Management was an appointed agent for HDB.

Those found to have breached any HDB rules during the inspection may be issued summons.

During the inspection, Lam approached Mr Dzulkarnain at the back of the coffee shop and extended his arm with the packet of cigarettes in his palm.

He told Mr Dzulkarnain to inform him in advance of future inspections, but Mr Dzulkarnain rejected the offer of cigarettes. The matter was subsequently reported to CPIB.

CPIB said in the statement that it is an offence to bribe, or attempt to offer a bribe in Singapore and the Republic adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption.

Anyone convicted of a corruption offence may be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years.

"The CPIB takes a serious view of any corrupt practices and will not hesitate to take action against any party involved in such acts," the statement said.

Correction note: This story has been edited for clarity