Chinese national jailed 3 weeks for bribing Customs Officer

SINGAPORE - A Chinese national was sentenced to three weeks in jail for bribing a Singapore Customs Officer with US$200 (S$276.92), in return for allowing some commercial goods to be released without a valid permit.

The Customs Officer, Mr Siow Teck Meng, rejected the bribe that was offered on June 26, and reported Zhu Xiaolu to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

The goods are valued at US$10,210 (S$14,136.77).

"Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption," CPIB said in a statement Wednesday.

"The CPIB takes a serious view of any corrupt practices, and will not hesitate to take action against any party involved in such acts," it added.