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Former general manager of Ang Mo Kio Town Council charged in court for alleged corruption

The former general manager of Ang Mo Kio Town Council (AMKTC) has been charged in court on Wednesday for alleged corruption.

Mr Victor Wong Chee Meng, 58 was earlier reported to have been removed from his duties and him being placed under investigation by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

He faces 55 counts of corruption offence for receiving some S$107,000 in dealings with the directors of two building and repair companies.

 

According to the charges, various inducements were offered by the two companies to advance business interest with AMKTC. The town council is headed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Wong was an employee of CPG Facilities Management, the managing agent of the town council which serves the Ang Mo Kio public housing estate. Wong began working at the town council as a property manager, before he was promoted to general manager in 2013.

Together with Wong at court was Chia Sin Lan, 62, director of 19-ANC Enterprise and 19-NS2 Enterprise, the two companies involved in the case. Both firms deal with general building, repairs and redecoration works.

Wong is alleged to have received bribes from Chia totalling more than S$30,000, which purportedly took place on three occasions between June 2015 and May 2016.

Between March and August 2016, Chia’s company 19-ANC Enterprise is said to have paid more than S$8,200 in salary to Wong’s daughter-in-law, Ms Le Thi Hien, who got her job at another firm because of the two men’s dealings with each other.

Wong also allegedly accepted bribes in the form of entertainment expenses on at least 29 occasions. Nearly S$45,000 was shelled out at various karaoke clubs in 2015. Other forms of gratification included hotel accommodations, as well as meals at various restaurants.

In another instance, Chia is said to have conspired with another individual, Yip Fong Yin who is a project director with 19-ANC and a director at 19-NS2, to offer bribes to Wong in the form of discounts amounting to S$13,500 for a car that Wong bought.

Apart from the car discount, Chia faces 54 other counts of offering bribes to Wong.

19-ANC Enterprise and 19-NS2 Enterprise were also charged with corruption. The companies are accused of engaging in a criminal conspiracy with Chia, Yip, and another individual, Tay Eng Chuan to bribe Wong between 2014 and 2016 in order to advance their business interests.

Wong and Chia will be back in court on 11 April. They were offered bail of S$100,000 each. The court was told that they intend to challenge all the charges.

The penalty is a maximum jail term of five years, and/or a fine of up to S$100,000 per charge.

In a statement, the CPIB said that Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption. The bureau "takes a serious view of any corrupt practices and will not hesitate to take action against any party involved in such acts."