Mum of ex-national table tennis player starts 6-week jail term for bribery attempt


Su Fengxian had been sentenced to six weeks' jail for trying to bribe a Singapore Table Tennis Association official.
Su Fengxian had been sentenced to six weeks' jail for trying to bribe a Singapore Table Tennis Association official. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The mother of a former national table tennis player who offered a bribe to an official to be lenient to her son in disciplinary proceedings started serving her six-week jail term on Friday (May 4).

Su Fengxian had filed an appeal against her conviction and sentence and was out on bail after she was sentenced in January.

But she told the High Court on Friday, the day her appeal was scheduled to be heard, that she was withdrawing the appeal. She was not represented by a lawyer.

Su, 54, was found guilty after a three-day trial of offering €2,000 (S$3,200) to Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) technical director Loy Soo Han in October 2016.

She was sentenced to six weeks' jail by the judge, who said there was public interest in protecting the integrity of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), which oversees one of the core sports here.

Her son, Mr Li Hu, was a national player and one-time world junior singles champion.

In October 2016, the 29-year-old was hauled before an STTA disciplinary committee for violating house rules in allowing a female friend to spend a night at the STTA hostel in Toa Payoh.

Su was in China when she received a call from Mr Li on Oct 14, 2016.

 

After he told her about the disciplinary matter, Su called STTA's technical director Loy Soo Han to plead for leniency on her son's behalf. However, her pleas failed to move Mr Loy, and Mr Li handed in his resignation letter to the STTA.

Days later, on Oct 17, Su arrived in Singapore at around 7am and went to STTA to meet Mr Loy to again plead for leniency. When he still stood firm, she offered him an envelope filled with the cash.

The prosecution had pressed for at least four months' jail but Su's former defence counsel Alfred Dodwell had asked for a fine of not more than $2,000.