A former JTC Corporation (JTC) employee has been sentenced to eight months' jail and ordered to pay a penalty of S$25,000 for corruption.64-year-old Marzuki Ahmad admitted to 13 counts of corruption where he received S$36,500 in bribes from Allen Chew Wee Kiang between July 2007 and February 2009.
At the time of the offences, Marzuki was an assistant property executive with JTC, while Chew was the general manager of Multi Star Domitory Pte Ltd and Miles Technology Pte Ltd.
Marzuki's duties were to conduct checks at premises leased out by JTC, and he was to report any breaches to his bosses and authorities.
40-year-old Chew was in the business of providing lodging for foreign workers.
In July 2007, the two became acquainted when Marzuki conducted an inspection.
He found that some Fan Yoong Road premises were used to house the foreign workers before approval was granted by the authorities.
These premises were under Chew's purview.
Some time after that, Marzuki told Chew he needed money, and in exchange, he said he would "look after" Chew.
Subsequently, the accused asked Chew for loans of between S$5,000 and S$20,000.
To make things easier, Chew then suggested giving the accused $1,000 every month.
In pleading for leniency, lawyer Nirmal Singh said one of the accused's daughters had wanted to further her studies.
But Marzuki could not get a loan.
Marzuki mentioned his problems to Chew, who then offered to lend him the money.
Marzuki then agreed to repay the loans in monthly instalments.
In sentencing, District Judge Lim Tse Haw said the court takes a "zero tolerance" attitude towards corruption.
He told Marzuki that the gravity of the offences meant a substantial custodial term, but the judge also took into account that the loans had been repaid.