Man charged with eight counts of bribing SPH executive

A businessman was charged in a district court on Wednesday with eight counts of giving bribes totalling $83,500 to a former senior executive of Singapore Press Holdings.

Liaw Kim Chew, 51, is alleged to have given between $5,000 and $30,000 to Mr Peter Khoo Chong Meng, a former senior vice-president SPH's English and Malay Newspapers Division and head of its Editorial Projects Unit, to ensure that he would be awarded business deals from the unit between 2006 and 2010.

In the charge involving the $30,000 bribe, Liaw is said to have ensured that he would clinch a deal to supply 100,000 coin banks to the Editorial Project Unit.

Mr Khoo was fined $100,000 last month after he had pleaded guilty to two charges of corruption and one of criminal breach of trust. The 49-year-old was also ordered to pay a penalty of $83,500.

Liaw, who is represented by Mr Prabhakaran Nair, will appear in court again on Jan 30.

If convicted, he could be fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed for up to five years on each charge.