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Singapore charges Chinese workers over S$1 bribes

Reuters, SINGAPORE

Singapore has charged two Chinese migrant workers for demanding bribes as small as S$1 (US$0.73), the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said on Tuesday, stressing that the financial hub known for its clean image would not tolerate corruption no matter how small.

Forklift truck operators Chen Ziliang (陳子良), 47, and Zhao Yucun (趙玉村), 43, face a fine of up to S$100,000 or prison for up to five years, or both, the bureau said in a statement.

Chen was charged with one count of attempting to obtain a S$1 bribe from a truck driver in exchange “for not delaying the collection of a container onto” his truck, it said.

He was also charged for obtaining similar bribes from other truck drivers over the course of nearly two years.

Zhao was charged for obtaining similar bribes over the course of three-and-a-half years.

“Employees are expected to carry out their duties fairly instead of obtaining bribes in exchange for favours,” the bureau said in the statement.

“Even if the bribe amount is as low as $1, they can be taken to task. Bribes of any amount or any kind will not be tolerated,” it said.

The two workers were employed by a container company, but the bureau did not say what facility they worked at.

A spokesman for the bureau, which investigates corruption in the public and private sectors, could not confirm the total amount the two men collected in bribes nor how many times they had demanded bribes.

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