Singapore: Former NLB manager pleads guilty to taking more than S$580,000 in bribes from ex-employee

After learning about the National Library Board’s (NLB) shift to digitalization, a manager with the statutory board advised his former employee to “explore this business opportunity”, giving him inside information to better his chances of supplying digital resources to NLB and later asking for bribes.

In total, former NLB manager Ivan Koh Siong Wee took about S$581,000 in bribes over four years from his former employee Low Pok Woen, whose three firms supplied millions of dollars of digital resources like electronic books to NLB.

Koh, who left NLB in 2014, admitted on Tuesday (Aug 4) to 20 charges of corruption, while Low admitted to 20 similar charges. Another 36 charges will be taken into consideration for sentencing for each of them.

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(Picture: TODAY/Ili Nadhirah Mansor)

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