Charged with Committing Corrupt Acts for Business Recommendations
It is illegal to corruptly give or accept gratification to advance business interests. Individuals who resort to corrupt dealings for profit will have to face the consequences.
2 On 24 March 2020, four individuals were charged in Court for allegedly committing the following offences:
a) Teo Joo Tye (张裕大), 51-year-old male Singaporean, a Senior Technical Services Manager of NCS Pte. Ltd. at the material time
b) Ngiam Chee Chong (严居中), a 45-year-old male Singaporean, a Director of Emersion IT Services Pte. Ltd. at the material time
c) Tay Yew Kiat, a 48-year-old male Singaporean, a Business Development Manager of Emersion IT Services Pte. Ltd. at the material time
d) Loh Kum Ming (罗金明), a 45-year-old male Singaporean, a Sales Specialist in the employ of Singtel at the material time
3 Based on CPIB’s investigations, the corrupt acts at the material time involved staff of Emersion (Ngiam and Tay) giving or conspiring to give gratification to then-staff of main contractors (Teo from NCS and Loh from Singtel) as inducements to recommend Emersion as a sub-contractor to carry out works on behalf of NCS/Singtel respectively. The works carried out pertained to low-value IT infrastructure works such as the replacement and configuration of network switches for various public sector agencies. CPIB’s investigations did not reveal any compromise in the works carried out nor any wrongdoing on the part of the agencies that had contracts with NCS.
4 Singapore adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. It is a serious offence to receive or give bribes. Any person who is convicted of such a corruption offence can be fined up to $100,000 or sentenced to an imprisonment term of up to 5 years or to both. Whoever convicted of criminal breach of trust can be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 7 years, a fine, or to both.
5 The CPIB looks into all corruption complaints and reports, including anonymous ones, and can be reached via the following channels:
a) Write to us at the CPIB Headquarters @ 2 Lengkok Bahru, S159047 or Corruption Reporting & Heritage Centre @ 247 Whitley Road S297830;
b) Call the Duty Officer at 1800-376-0000;
c) Lodge an e-Complaint at www.cpib.gov.sg/e-complaint; or
d) Email us at email@example.com.
6 Where possible, the report should include the following information:
a) Where, when and how the alleged corrupt act happened?