Man jailed 4 weeks for offering bribe to officer who stopped him from urinating in public

Palaniappan Ramanathan was charged in court on July 27 with one count of corruptly offering gratification to Hairul Azrin Anual, an auxiliary police officer employed by Certis Cisco Security.
Palaniappan Ramanathan was charged in court on July 27 with one count of corruptly offering gratification to Hairul Azrin Anual, an auxiliary police officer employed by Certis Cisco Security.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - An Indian national who tried to bribe an auxiliary police officer was sentenced to four weeks' jail on Thursday (Sept 7), the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a statement.

Palaniappan Ramanathan was charged in court on July 27 with one count of corruptly offering gratification to Hairul Azrin Anual, an auxiliary police officer employed by Certis Cisco Security and attached to Jurong East Neighbourhood Police Centre.

He had done so to try and make Officer Hairul refrain from taking enforcement action against him.

Mr Hairul had spotted Palaniappan urinating against an MRT track pillar at Jurong East MRT Station on April 14.

He and a teammate approached Palaniappan and told him it is an offence to urinate in a public place.

Mr Hairul asked Palaniappan to produce his work permit. Instead of doing so, Palaniappan offered a $10 note to him asking to be let off.

Mr Hairul rejected the bribe and warned Palaniappan that bribery is an offence in Singapore.

The matter was reported to CPIB.

It is an offence to bribe, or attempt to offer a bribe, in Singapore.

Those convicted of a corruption offence can be jailed up to five years and/or fined up to $100,000.

CPIB said in its statement that it takes a serious view of any corrupt practices and will not hesitate to take action against anyone involved in such acts.