PRESS RELEASE BY CPIB A Techical Officer with the CAAS Charged with Graft Offences
The accused, Mohamad Najib Bin Solihin, has been a Technical Officer with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) since 1988. At the time of the commission of the offences, the accused was attached to the Changi Airport Terminal 1 Upgrading Project and part of his responsibilities included routine inspections on the contractors’ works.
2Investigations revealed that between May and December 2008, the accused, either by himself or through intermediaries, approached and received from the following subcontractors, the amount of bribes as stated:
(a) a sum of $18,000/- from Raymond Loh Toh Yong, a Director of Air System Technology (S) Pte Ltd, which was sought and received in common intention with one Beh Soo Hong, a Mechanial and Electrical Coordinator of Takenaka Corporation, the main contractor;
(b) a laptop worth $1079.69 and a sum of $200/- from Lim Keng Chew, a Director of Gin Lee Construction Pte Ltd;
(c) a Tag Heuer Watch worth $3,700/- from Pour Beng Quey, a Director of Hsuen Chow Pte Ltd;
(d) a sum of $500/- from Yeo Jason, a Director of Teng Moh Pte Ltd; and
(e) a sum of $1000/- from Tan Chee Beng, a Project Manager of Fatt Heng Construction Pte Ltd.
3In addition, the accused also attempted to obtain a Brietling watch from Lim Keng Chew and Yeo Jason. He also attempted to ask Tan Chee Beng as gratification, an unspecified sum of money as well as a sum of $1,499/- being reimbursement for a laptop he bought.
4In return for the bribes, the accused had expedited the processing of the contractors’ applications for permits. The bribes were also given so that the accused would refrain from finding faults with the contractors in relation to the upgrading works at Changi Airport Terminal 1.
5The accused appeared in court on 21 May 2010 for 10 counts of corruptly accepting gratifications and attempting to obtain gratifications under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241.