PRESS RELEASE BY CPIB 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.
2Investigations 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.
3At 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.
4M 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.
5The 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.