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Chinese national imprisoned for offering bribe to auxiliary office after breaching URA housing rules

A 41-year-old Chinese national, Zhang Junli, was sentenced to three weeks’ imprisonment for corruption on Friday (24 August).

Ina press release on friday, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) stated that the man had earlier been charged on 16 August 2018 with one count of corruptly offering gratification to an officer with the Certis Cisco Auxiliary Police Force Pte Ltd (Certis Cisco), an offence punishable under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241.

According to the bureau, investigations revealed that on 19 January 2018, Chan Chee Ming, a Certis Cisco Compliance Officer engaged by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), had found that Zhang’s unit at Pinevale Condominium was converted into a dormitory accommodation without approval, which is a breach of URA housing rules.

It was said that Zhang took out an S$50 note from her pocket and tried to offer it to Officer Chan as an inducement not to report the breach to the URA.

The bribe was rejected by Officer Chan and the matter was reported to the CPIB, noted the bureau.

CPIB stressed that Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption and that it takes a serious view of any corrupt practices and will not hesitate to take action against any party involved in such acts.