Singapore: Ex-LTA official Henry Foo admits to accepting $1.2m in bribes

Ex-Land Transport Authority (LTA) deputy group director Henry Foo Yung Thye admitted on Thursday (26 August) to receiving $1.2 million in bribes from 2016 to 2018, consisting of loans from contractors and sub-contractors.

Foo, who was with the agency for 20 years, pleaded guilty to seven charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Another 29 charges, consisting of graft and cheating, will be taken into consideration for his sentencing.

Background to the case
Foo, 47, joined LTA on 10 August 1999. He held various posts, including director for the Thomson-East Coast Line Civil Team 3 and deputy group director of Thomson-East Coast (TEL )and Cross Island lines (Civil).

In these positions, Foo oversaw the construction of MRT Stations and tunnels such as Havelock, Stevens, Great World, Napier and Orchard. He was also one of the evaluating personnel for LTA contracts and subcontracts under the TEL and Cross Island Lines.

In addition, Foo was chairman of the tender evaluation committee, which was tasked to award scores director over multiple projects.

In this role, he had “actively and quite persistently” solicited gratification from multiple givers from 2014-2019, according to the prosecution.

Some of the individuals Foo sought loans from were directors of firms such as Tritech Group Limited, MEPT Engineering, Tiong Seng Contractors, and China Railway Tunnel Co. In exchange, Foo promised to “support” their businesses or shared confidential information relating to LTA tenders.

The original full article can be found at sg.news.yahoo.com

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