Singapore: Daewoo director, project manager in MRT construction project jailed for bribing former LTA director

Two Daewoo Engineering and Construction executives, who gave bribes to a Land Transport Authority (LTA) deputy group director while working on their company’s first project in Singapore, were jailed for eight months on Tuesday (May 18).

Kim Young-Gyu, a 52-year-old director, and Ro Sungyoung, a 49-year-old project manager, pleaded guilty to a charge each of conspiring to bribe Henry Foo Yung Thye with S$30,000. Each man had a second charge involving another S$20,000 taken into consideration for sentencing.

Kim and Ro are the first to be sentenced in a wide-ranging corruption case where Foo, who was the deputy group director of the Thomson-East Coast and Cross-Island Lines, is accused of taking about S$1.24 million in bribes.

The judge noted that both men did not actively seek to cultivate Foo, but said that it was “not completely for selfless reasons” when they eventually gave in. Instead, they gave bribes to benefit themselves and Daewoo, she said.

LTA awarded the main contract for the construction of the Stevens MRT station to Daewoo for S$441 million in April 2014. This was the first time Daewoo was awarded a project in Singapore.

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(Photo: Jeremy Long)

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