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Singapore: CPIB charges seven individuals over KFELS gratification related corruption

15 Oct 2020

The Singapore Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) on Wednesday (14 October) published a notice where seven individuals were charged in court for allegedly committing corruption-related offences sometime between 2014 and 2017. 

According to the statement, Alvin Lim Wee Lun,  a 40-year-old male Singapore citizen, and a Yard Manager of Keppel FELS (KFELS) at the time conspired with Goh Ngak Eng and Rajavikraman s/o Jayapandian, both Singapore citizens to obtain a total gratification amount of approximately SGD 879,900 from subcontractors of KFELS at the time, as an inducement to further business interests of the said companies with KFELS. 

Lim, Goh Ngak Eng and Rajavikraman received 46 counts of abetment by conspiring with each other to ‘corruptly obtain gratification’ from U Keh Choon, a Director of Titan Offshore Equipment Pte Ltd (Titan), Goh Sheng Li, Stanley (Stanley), a Director of Spectrama Marine & Industrial Supplies Pte Ltd (Spectrama) and Fatkullah Bin Tiap (Fatkullah), a Managing Director of Growa F.E. Pte Ltd (Growa).

Additionally, Rajavikraman received 3 counts of corruptly obtaining gratification amounting to SGD 7,000 from Ngak Eng (who was also charged for giving the money) as a reward for furthering the business interest of a marine equipment manufacturer with another company in the same line of business, an offence punishable under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241, said the CPIB.

Ong Tun Chai, a 48-year-old male Singapore Citizen, was also charged with Goh Ngak Eng for preparing fictitious invoices on a logistics company’s letterhead.

 Goh was charged on 10 counts of corruptly giving gratification amounting to approximately SGD 15,100 to Ong as a reward for Ong preparing fictitious invoices on a logistics company’s letterhead.

In turn, Ong was charged for receiving the money and incurred additional 20 counts of ‘willfully and with intent to defraud, falsifying papers belonging to a logistics company, issued to Growa and Titan, to reflect that services were requested by Growa and Titan when they were not’. 

CPIB noted that Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. Any person who is convicted of a corruption offence can be fined up to SGD100,000 or sentenced to imprisonment of up to 5 years or to both, it said.

CPIB strongly advised companies to put in place robust procedures in areas such as procurement and internal audit to prevent falling victim to corrupt acts by their employees.

Photo credit: stevepb
Published: 15 October, 2020

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