Former Operations Manager of Furniture Retailer Charged with Alleged Corruption Offences
On 8 April 2022, Liu Sau Ming (“Liu”) (刘昭铭, 47-year-old male Singaporean), was charged in Court for alleged corruption offences. At the material time, Liu was an Operations Manager of Pertama Merchandising Pte Ltd (“Pertama”).
2. On 19 December 2019 and 13 February 2020 in Malaysia, Liu allegedly obtained gratification totalling about RM13,720 from Qwek Chee Siong (“Qwek”), an owner of Defu Sofa Furniture Enterprise (“Defu”) at the material time, as a reward for introducing Defu to be a supplier of Pertama. For these alleged actions, Liu faces two charges punishable under Section 6(a) read with Section 37(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
3. Moreover, between 24 May 2020 and 30 June 2020 in Singapore, Liu allegedly attempted to obtain gratification totalling about RM11,980 from Quek, as a reward for introducing Defu to be a supplier of Pertama. For this alleged act, Liu faces an additional charge punishable under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
4. Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. Any person who is convicted of a corruption offence can be fined up to S$100,000 or sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years or both. Section 37 of the Prevention of Corruption Act states that Singapore Citizens who commit corrupt acts overseas will be prosecuted as if they have committed the acts in Singapore
5. The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) looks into all corruption-related complaints and reports, including anonymous ones, and can be reached via the following channels:
6. Where possible, the report should include the following information:
a) Where, when and how the alleged corrupt act happened?
b) Who was involved and what were their roles?
c) What was the bribe given and the favour shown?
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