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SINGAPORE -On Tuesday (April6), two of the ex-senior officials of the National Parks Board (NParks) appeared at a district Court, and each was accused of a $260 hotel bribe.One of the men is also accused in the form of transport services of receiving bribes. Details about the hotel or transport services are not disclosed in court documents.

Corruption Charges
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At the time of the alleged offenses, Teva Raj Palanisamy, now 69, one of the two Singaporeans served as a senior director in the cityscape section of NParks.Two counts of corruption are accused of him.

The other man of the same branch, Johnny Go Kau Chai, 51, was given a ship’s charge.

The couple have resigned since then.The two men allegedly accepted the stay in the hotel, according to the court documents, of one Zulfiqara Abdullah, alias Thomas Tjioe Hock Siew, who was at the time the General Manager of the Ho Eng Huat Construction landscaping firm.

Go and Teva are reported in 2018 to have committed this offense in Macau.

In return for advancing Ho Eng Huat Construction’s business interest to NParks the couple are said to have accepted the bribe.

In separate cases, Teva reportedly got transport bribes of an Ong Eng Soon, the manager of a new landscape company, Soon Sin Contracts, on six incidents from 2018 until last year.The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau has stated in a statement that Teva “reportedly has received (the) gratification as an incentive to promote the corporate interest of the second donor with NParks.”

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He added: “Singapore takes the approach of zero-tolerance against corruption, including all corrupt actions carried out abroad.”

On Tuesday, Teva and Go each were offered a $5000 bail.Teva, unrepresented, told the Court that he was going to plead guilty to his crimes and returned on 21 May.

The case of Go was postponed until 4 May.Responding to queries on its views about this graft case, NParks told The Straits Times: “As the matter is before the courts, it is not appropriate for (us) to comment.”

For each count of corruption, an offender can be jailed for up to five years and fined up to $100,000.

The maximum jail term for each offence of corruption can be increased to seven years if it is in relation to a matter or contract with the Government or a public body.

Source: The Straits Times

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