SINGAPORE: Four former employees of energy utility company Singapore Power were charged on Thursday (Nov 26) with corruption.
Three former technicians of SP Powergrid – Ridhuan Ramli, 33, Suffiandi Mohamad Suhaimi, 30 and Kutty Hassan, 62 – and one of SP Services – Jasman Tiron, 55 – were charged with obtaining or accepting bribes of between S$50 and S$450 from a construction firm.
The bribes were in exchange for “not creating difficulties” for China Construction South Pacific during an installation inspection.
The quartet have been charged under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, and face up to five years' jail, a fine of up to S$100,000 or both.
The next hearing for Kutty will be on Dec 21, and the other three accused – who have told the court they intend to plead guilty – on Dec 10.
Singapore Power said on Thursday it reported the four to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) after it conducted an internal inquiry following a complaint.
All four employees resigned or were dismissed by the company between April and September this year, it said.
“Singapore Power takes a serious view of any corrupt act and does not tolerate any employee conduct that is illegal or brings the company into disrepute,” it said in a statement.