Businessman Charged for Offering Bribe to Enforcement Officer

PRESS RELEASE BY CPIB
Businessman Charged for Offering Bribe to Enforcement Officer


           The accused is one Gwee Teck Hee. He is the sole proprietor of M/s Kao Hong Contractor.

2         Investigation revealed that on 12 June 2010, Sgt Mohammad Sufyan s/o Mohd Safie, a Traffic Police Officer, was patrolling in the vicinity of Geylang Road when he spotted the accused using his mobile phone while driving. Sgt Mohammad Sufyan s/o Mohd Safie proceeded to stop the accused and found the accused to be driving the car without a valid licence and without the car owner’s consent. When these offences were uncovered, the accused proceeded to make offers of unspecified sums of money to Sgt Mohammad Sufyan s/o Mohd Safie so that the latter would not take action against him on his traffic offences. Sgt Mohammad Sufyan s/o Mohd Safie rejected the offer and arrested the accused for offering bribes to him.

3         The accused appeared in court on 8th September 2010 for one count of corruptly offering a gratification under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Cap 241.

4         The offering of bribes to enforcement officers in return for not taking action against them for traffic offences is a serious offence which will not be tolerated. Persons committing such corruption offences will be charged in Court. In March 2009, an offender was sentenced to 3 months’ imprisonment for offering $200/- to a Traffic Police Officer to refrain from taking action against him for a traffic offence. In another case in March 2010, another offender was sentenced to 3 weeks’ imprisonment for offering a bribe of $20/- to a CISCO enforcement officer attached to the Traffic Police to cancel a summons notice. An offence of corruptly offering a bribe carries a jail term of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $100,000 or to both.

5         The press has also carried reports of Singaporeans arrested and convicted in other countries for offering bribes to enforcement officers in relation to traffic offences. CPIB would like to remind Singaporeans that corruption is also a serious offence in other countries and they should comply with the local laws while they are overseas.

Last updated: 12 Feb 2016