Drink-driver charged for trying to bribe police officer with S$1,000

Drink-driver charged for trying to bribe police officer with S$1,000

Police stand guard in Singapore on July 18, 2012
File photo of Singapore Police Force officers. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: A 48-year-old Singaporean was charged on Wednesday (Apr 3) for trying to bribe a police officer to let him off the hook for drink-driving, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a news release.

Chong Wei Kwong was charged with one count of trying to bribe Staff Sergeant Low Wee Meng with S$1,000, as an inducement not to arrest him for drink-driving.

SSG Low rejected the bribe, which was offered by Chong at 1 Selegie Road on Dec 14 last year.

Chong has been ordered to return to court on Apr 24.

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"Drink-driving is a serious offence that poses serious threats to public safety," CPIB said. 

"Any attempt to avoid arrest through bribery would only aggravate the wrongdoing," it said, adding that it is a serious offence to bribe or attempt to bribe public officers.

Those convicted of corruption can be fined up to S$100,000, jailed up to five years, or both.

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Source: CNA/aa/mi

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