Former Ang Mo Kio Town Council (AMKTC) general manager Wong Chee Meng has indicated his intention to plead guilty following months of trial.
According to Wong’s defense counsel Melanie Ho, “Over the course of the last few months and after an evaluation of evidence, my client for personal and other reasons has decided to take a certain course.”
Wong was charged in March 2018 for receiving about S$107,000 in various forms of gratification from company director Chia Sin Lan between December 2014 and September 2016. Chia is also being tried concurrently in the ongoing graft case.
These were allegedly in exchange for advancing the business interests of two firms which did work for Ang Mo Kio Town Council (AMKTC), where he was previously the general manager.
Chia’s companies, 19-ANC Enterprise, and 19-NS2 Enterprise were awarded contracts and tenders worth millions of dollars by AMKTC during the time the alleged bribery took place, the prosecution has charged.
In addition, Wong is accused of receiving bribes from Chia in the form of meals and karaoke visits. These are in relation to entertainment, the alleged remittance of money on Chia’s instruction to Wong’s China mistress, and an alleged S$13,500 discount on the sale of a car to Wong.
If convicted, Wong and Chia could be fined up to $100,000 and jailed for a maximum of seven years on each charge. The companies could each face a fine of up to $100,000 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.