Retired JTC exec jailed for accepting $31,500 worth of bribes

SINGAPORE - A retired executive from Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) was sentenced to jail for eight months and fined $25,000 on Wednesday after he admitted to 13 counts of corruption. 

Marzuki Ahmad, who was an assistant property executive with JTC when the offences occurred, had accepted $31,500 in bribes from Allen Chew Wee Kiang.

Chew worked as the general manager of two companies which provided lodging for foreign workers housed in JTC properties in Tuas and Jurong.

In July 2007, Chew got to know Marzuki after the latter found infringements, including overcrowding, at the dormitories after an inspection.

Marzuki subsequently contacted Chew and offered to "take care" of Chew in exchange for money.

In January 2008, Chew gave Mr Marzuki a $20,000 loan for tip-offs of impending inspections and leniency in inspections.

However, Mr Marzuki asked for $5,000 more, to which Chew suggested giving him $1,000 every month.

$31,500 worth of bribes were then exchanged in installments over a span of two years from July 2007 and February 2009.

District Judge Lim Tse Haw ordered Marzuki, 63, to pay back $25,000 worth of bribes he had accepted in six charges he pleaded guilty to, noting the court's "zero tolerance" towards corruption.

Chew, 40, was sentenced to four years' jail in Feb 2012.

Besides being charged for corruption, Chew was also arrested for stealing property from his ex-wife Ms Lee Siew Leng and cheating a bank teller of $90,000.

Chew had been charged for the offences in 2010 but jumped bail in August the same year. He was re-arrested in November 2011.