SINGAPORE: Two former employees of airport ground-handling and in-flight catering firm SATS were charged on Wednesday (Sep 25) with soliciting and accepting bribes, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in a news release.
Lim Koon Chuan, a 58-year-old former technical supervisor at SATS, was charged with 21 counts of obtaining gratification amounting to at least S$196,825 from various contractors, either as a reward or as inducement for facilitating the award of tenders to companies competing for SATS contracts.
Meanwhile, former SATS assistant manager Chen Baoling, 37, was charged with accepting a bribe of S$3,000 from the manager of a firm, AT Services, as a reward for inviting the company for jobs offered by SATS.
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The duo were also charged for a fund transfer of S$20,000 from Lim to Chen, despite knowing that the money represents the benefits of the 58-year-old’s criminal activities.
“Singapore adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption,” said CPIB. “It is a serious offence to accept or obtain bribes from another individual or entity.”
Any person convicted of a corruption offence can be fined up to S$100,000, jailed for up to five years, or both.