Singapore’s former transport minister faces eight new charges in corruption case | Corruption News

S. Iswaran is accused of accepting gifts valued at $14,000 from individuals doing business with the Department of Transportation.

Singapore’s former transport minister S. Iswaran has been charged with eight new charges in a rare corruption case involving the city-state’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

The charges relate to Iswaran allegedly obtaining valuables worth approximately S$18,956 ($14,077) from individuals who had business dealings with the Ministry of Transport, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a statement on Monday. .

“Singapore has a strict zero-tolerance approach to corruption,” CPIB said.

“A person found guilty under Article 165 of the Penal Code may be sentenced to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.”

According to local media, the gifts Iswaran is said to have received include whiskey, golf clubs and a Brompton bicycle.

The charges come after Iswaran was indicted in January on 27 corruption charges, most of them related to his alleged acceptance of gifts from Malaysian billionaire Ong Ben Sen. Ta.

Mr Ong, who played a key role in bringing the Singapore Grand Prix to the city-state in 2008 during the Iswaran government, offered former ministers tickets to West End shows and soccer matches in return for promoting business interests. It is said that he gave

Iswaran, who resigned from parliament and the PAP, denied the charges at the time and promised to clear his name.

Corruption scandals are rare in Singapore, known for its strict laws and strict enforcement.

Singapore was ranked the fifth least corrupt country in the 2023 Transparency Global Corruption Perceptions Index, after Norway, New Zealand, Finland and Denmark.

The Iswaran case is the first corruption investigation into a minister since then National Development Minister Te Chang Wan was accused of taking bribes from a company in 1986.

Tee died before he could be charged.

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