In squeaky clean Singapore, this woman manager accepted bribes!

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Jean Iau Published 3 Hours Ago

SINGAPORE – For more than five years, a former manager at Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) was given at least $500 a month for turning a blind eye to the collusion between a construction firm and her boss on projects with WRS.

Chin Fong Yi, 44, was also given a Chanel wallet by a project manager at Shin Yong Construction in exchange for her lenient supervision of the firm’s projects with WRS.

On Wednesday (Jan 26), Chin admitted to receiving bribes worth more than $51,750 from the firm for not reporting the arrangement her boss, Barry Chong Peng Wee, also known as Danial Chong, had with Shin Yong Construction and its contractors.

Chin pleaded guilty to 12 charges of corruptly obtaining bribes and using criminal proceeds to buy items, with another 67 charges taken into consideration.

Three men from the construction firm, as well as Chong, 54, will be dealt with later.

The court heard on Wednesday that Chong would be paid a commission for projects awarded to the firm and the contractors it colluded with.

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SINGAPORE: When a manager at Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) discovered that contractors providing services to her company were engaging in corrupt price-fixing, she was offered a bribe for her silence.

Though she initially rejected the stack of S$50 bills, the long-time employee later took up the bribes and received S$51,750 over five years, including luxury bags.

Chin Fong Yi, 44, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (Jan 26) to 12 charges of corruptly obtaining bribes and using criminal proceeds to buy items, with another 67 charges taken into consideration.

The court heard that Chin was an employee with WRS from May 2008 to February 2017. She started with the maintenance department, progressed to the estate management department in 2010 and became a manager of the facilities department in 2015.

Her duties across roles included project coordination, upgrading works, drafting job specifications and sourcing quotes from contractors.

The company linked to Chin’s case is Shin Yong Construction, a construction firm overseeing civil engineering projects and a long-time contractor of WRS, its main client.

Since 2005, the director of facilities management at the Singapore Zoological Gardens, a subsidiary of WRS, had an arrangement with key personnel of Shin Yong Construction.

Shin Yong Construction and linked contractors would bid for WRS projects and pay “commissions” to the zoo’s facilities management director, 54-year-old Barry Chong Peng Wee.

In return, Chong would send job specifications to Shin Yong Construction foreman Too Say Kiong, 56. Too would ask his group of contractors to put in quotes for the project, and present the collated quotes to Chong and his managers. The project would usually be awarded to the vendor with the lowest quote.

SHE SUSPECTED PRICE-FIXING AND ASKED ABOUT IT

Sometime in 2010 or 2011, Chin noticed that the prices on the quotations submitted by Shin Yong Construction and its group of contractors were very close to one another.

She suspected that the contractors were engaging in price-fixing with Chong in exchange for some form of financial benefit. She met Too and asked him if there was such an arrangement.

Too told her to “keep quiet and close one eye”, and offered her a stack of S$50 notes, which Chin understood to be a reward for her silence on the arrangement.

Initially, she rejected the money and left, but Too met her on another occasion and offered her another stack of S$50 notes. Chin asked Too what the money was for, and Too told her that her boss Chong was taking money. He asked her why she did not wish to take money as well.
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THE CORRUPT ARRANGEMENT

After this, Too settled into an arrangement with Chin to give her money monthly for her silence. He typically passed her the money in an envelope at the water treatment plant at the zoo.
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On 16 occasions, she used the bribes she received to buy luxury handbags and other items.

When the authorities caught wind of the crimes, they seized receipts and bank statements as well as multiple luxury bags from Chin.

With her consent, they sold most of the seized items for S$8,773, handing over the sales proceeds to the Accountant General.

The prosecutor called for nine months’ jail and a penalty order of S$51,750, the amount of bribes Chin received.

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