Attempting to bribe one’s way out of trouble with the law will only lead to dire consequences.
2 On 16 March 2020, Wong Sin Wah (黄星华), a 61-year-old Singaporean was sentenced to 4 weeks’ imprisonment for corruption.
3 Investigations by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) revealed that on 20 June 2019, two enforcement officers were conducting a routine patrol in Yishun when they spotted Wong smoking under a covered walkway. One of them, Gobinath Munusamy (“Munusamy”), an Enforcement Officer with the National Environment Agency (NEA), informed Wong that it was an offence to smoke under a sheltered walkway and asked him to produce his identification card. Wong complied and began asking Munusamy for leniency. While Munusamy was entering Wong’s particulars into a device to generate the Notice to Attend Court (NTAC) slip, Wong proceeded to offer him four $50 notes. The bribe was rejected by Munusamy and the matter was reported to the CPIB.
4 On 28 August 2019, Wong was charged in Court with one count of corruptly offering gratification of $200 to Munusamy to avoid being issued a NTAC slip for contravening a smoking offence, an offence punishable under section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241.
5 The CPIB would like to commend NEA Officer Gobinath Munusamy for rejecting the bribe. Singapore adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. It is a serious offence to bribe or attempt to bribe public officers. Any person who is convicted of a corruption offence can be fined up to $100,000 or sentenced to imprisonment of up to 5 years or to both.