Singapore: Ex-NLB manager gets jail for taking S$581,700 in bribes, among highest sums in public sector corruption

A former manager at the National Library Board (NLB) was sentenced to jail and a monetary penalty on Thursday (Apr 29) for taking about S$581,700 in bribes over four years from a former employee of his who supplied resources to the statutory board.

The amount is one of the highest involved in a public sector corruption case, the prosecutors said.

Ivan Koh Siong Wee, 51, was given four years and four months’ jail and a penalty of S$229,000. His co-accused Low Pok Woen, 52, was given four years’ jail.

They each pleaded guilty to 20 charges of corruption, with another 36 charges taken into consideration for each of them.

Koh, who resigned from NLB in 2014, joined the company in 2003 and later became a manager in NLB’s Digital Resources Services Department, overseeing the budget, human resources and administrative matters.

He was also in charge of vetting and shortlisting digital resources from vendors and forwarding approval papers to his director for approval.

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