SINGAPORE: A $ 20,000 claim alleged to have been received by a former city council general manager for his mistress to spend on home repairs was later partially refunded, revealing the defense on Thursday, November 15th.
Muta was allegedly relegated to China in June 2015, but defender Melanie Ho said that 10,000 crowns were returned in April 2016.
This alleged bribe is one of the 54 corruption charges that the former Ang Mo Kio Town Council (AMKTC) chief Victor Wong Chee Meng faced.
He is accused of receiving about $ 107,000 in various forms of satisfaction from Chia Sin Lan, Chief of Business, between December 2014 and September 2016. Chia's two companies, 19-ANC Enterprise and 19-NS2 Enterprise, worked for the City Council.
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The court heard about the partial repayment of S $ 20,000 under the review of prosecutor's chief witness, subcontractor Tay Eng Chuan. Mr Tay worked for Chia and claimed that he witnessed "dishonest" conditions that he thought constituted bribery.
Ms Ho, acting for Wong, tried to show that Tay did not have full knowledge or personal knowledge of what was happening.
She asked Tay if it would still be bribery if he had said that Wong's mistress Xu Hongmei had refunded S $ 20,000, either in part or in full.
Defendant via a Mandarin interpreter said Tay: "Well, if she returns partial or full sum, whether it still constitutes bribery, I think it would not be bribery. Instead, it would be a loan."
Wong, who sat in the dock, nodded.
Ms Ho said: "In fact, April 28, 2016, there was a return of $ 10,000 to Chia. Did you know?"
"I do not have such a record or I have such an impression," replied Tay Taylor.
"Exactly, you do not know that," said Mrs. Ho.
CHIA'S SON WORKED FOR AMKTC
The defense continued to ask Mr Tay about two other events he had proved. An involved Chia's role in securing a job for Wong's grandson Stella.
Mr Tay had previously described his discomfort in the matter.
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When he questioned if he knew Wong had asked some of his friends to look for Stella jobs, Tay said he was not sure.
Chia's son had also been looking for a job, she said Ho, and she asked Tay if he knew that Chia had asked Wong sometime in 2015 about a few job openings.
Mr. Tay said he did not know.
Ms Ho revealed that Chia's son, "through information about Wong's work opening, and through the correct process, was named one of the property managers of AMKTC".
"I just knew he worked as a Real Estate Officer for AMKTC when he started working there," Tay said.
According to Ms Ho, Chias son was a property manager at AMKTC from August 2015 to the end of 2016.
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She returned to the question of a job for Wong's grandson, and asked Mr.. Tay to share with the court how he felt about the matter.
"This is simple," replied Mr. Tay. "This started with Alisa (19-ANC project manager and 19-NS2 director) who says Victor Svärson wants to come to work at the ANC, and Alisa says not allow this because this is very obvious and in a short time, Chia replied She sat down as a 4-Ever Engineering underwear company (the company she eventually worked on while 19-NS2 paid her salary). "
"If this happens through suitable channels, it will work and usually pay off pay, so I have questions about why there are so many twists, so there is this question mark in my mind," said Tay.
He agreed with Ms Ho that Stella started working at 4-Ever, and from Stella's and Wong's perspective there was nothing wrong with any of it, as Wong did not know about the arrangement of how Stella was paid.
Vitality the issue of Wong's use of telephone
A third issue arising from the defense was the use of a phone that Tay Tay had told Wong to use.
According to Tay Tay's former evidence, Chia had asked him to sign up for a phone so that his family could not find out about her mistress and girlfriend.
Mr Tay said he later found out that Wong was the one using the phone, and that the monthly phone bills reflected conversations to China where Wong's mistress was from.
The defense claimed that both Chia and Wong had used the phone to contact people when they went to China. Chia had a supplier in China, which provided, among other things, incense burners for Chia's work with the City Council.
In response, Mr. Tay replied, "I do not have this concept. I'm not sure."
"And when Ms Xu is in Singapore, Hongmei is using the phone at times, not Wong," continued Ms Ho. "Do you know that?" You see, when Hongmei is in Singapore, Victor does not have to call her because she is in Singapore. So the phone is borrowed to Hongmei for her to call. "
Mr Tay said he was not sure.
The trial is resumed on Friday with Mr Tay on the stand.