Ex-BCA contract staff charged for taking $600 bribe

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SINGAPORE — A former Building and Construction Authority (BCA) contract staff allegedly sought and obtained a $600 bribe in exchange for favourable treatment in a BCA inspection in 2020.

A temporary inspection officer for BCA at the time, Tan Ming Lie, 32, is also said to have sought a bribe from another company last year.

On Friday (27 August), he was handed two charges under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

On 25 November 2020, Tan allegedly obtained gratification from a general manager of Domain Trading & Construction Pte Ltd, which was managing a construction site at 69 Begonia Drive. 

This was in the form of a $600 payment for the provision of consultancy services from Angelshield Safety Consultant Pte Ltd to Domain Trading, and was purportedly an inducement for Tan to not show disfavour in a BCA inspection conducted at the construction site.

The following day, Tan allegedly attempted to obtain gratification from a project manager of Sin Hock Keong Construction Pte Ltd, which was managing a construction site at 4 Plantation Avenue. This was similarly in the form of provision of consultancy services from Angelshield, and was also purportedly an inducement for Tan to not show disfavour in a site inspection. 

The incident was reported to the BCA and the case was subsequently referred to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

It is the latest in a spate of cases of graft in the public sector to come to light in recent days.

On Friday, former Public Utilities Board (PUB) assistant manager Jamaludin Mohamed was charged with obtaining bribes amounting to $45,000 from an external project manager, and preparing fake invoices under a company he had set up to receive such monies.

On Thursday, former Land Transport Authority (LTA) deputy group director Henry Foo Yung Thye admitted to receiving $1.2 million in bribes from 2016 to 2018, consisting of loans from contractors and sub-contractors.

Anyone convicted of a corruption offence can be fined up to $100,000 or sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years, or to both. The maximum imprisonment term for each offence of corruption can be increased to seven years if it is in relation to a matter or contract with the Government or public body, or a sub-contract to execute work comprised in such contract.

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