Businessman Charged for Bribing MOM Officer

Businessman Charged for Bribing MOM Officer to Settle His Case of Illegal Deployment of Foreign Workers

          The accused is Khairul Shah Bin A Abrahim. He is the sole proprietor of M/s Pravin Engineering and Transport Services.

2         Investigations revealed that in October 2008, the accused was investigated by Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for the illegal deployment of foreign workers. The accused told his friend, one Madavakhandam s/o Panjanathan, about the investigation against him. Madavakhandam informed the accused that he knew one M Jayabalan, a Housing Enforcement Inspector attached to the Well-Being Department of the Housing Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Manpower, and arranged a meeting between the accused and M Jayabalan.

3         At the meeting, M Jayabalan told the accused that he could help influence the said MOM investigations against him in return for $3,000/-. The accused agreed to the demand by M Jayabalan. Subsequently, the accused gave the said bribe of $3,000/- to M Jayabalan through Madavakhandam on 2 separate occasions. The first bribe payment of $2,000/- was given on 5th November 2008 while the second bribe payment of $1,000/- was given the next day on 6th November 2008.

4         M Jayabalan was convicted on 24 May 2010 for 2 counts of corruptly obtaining bribes from the accused and was sentenced to a total of 6 months’ imprisonment. He was also ordered by the Court to pay a penalty of $3,000/- for the bribes he received.

5         The accused appeared in Court 26 on 23 July 2010 for 2 counts of corruptly giving gratifications under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Cap 241. 

Last updated: 12 Feb 2016