Ex-property agent jailed, ﬁned $100k over bribery
The Straits Times
01 June 2016
Goh gave $100,000 in bribes to secure priority access to a property launch.
A former property agent who gave a total of $100,000 in bribes to a
senior manager of a development firm, to get priority access to a
property launch, was sentenced to 12 weeks' jail and fined a total of
Goh Chan Chong, 40, was convicted in February of giving two sums of
$50,000 to United Engineers Developments' then senior manager Suhaimi
Amin for invitation cards to the launch of The Rochester in North Buona
Vista in 2007.
appealing against both conviction and sentence
Goh, now unemployed, is appealing against both conviction and sentence,
and is on $45,000 bail. He has an outstanding third charge scheduled
for a pre-trial conference.
Mr Suhaimi, 53, had been fined $60,000 after he admitted to one of two
counts of corruptly receiving $50,000 from Goh. He repaid Goh in May
2008 even before he made a police report.
The court was told that Goh asked Mr Suhaimi for invitation cards.
Besides giving him VIP cards, Mr Suhaimi added Goh's name and those of
his associates to the VVIP guest list.
On July 16, 2007, Goh and his nine associates, including his mother,
brothers, wife and mother-in-law, obtained options to purchase for 10
units. They later bought eight, six of which were sold at higher prices.
A few weeks later, to reward Mr Suhaimi, Goh gave him $50,000 at a roti
prata shop. He later gave him another $50,000 at the same shop.
large amount of criminal benefits
Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kelvin Kow noted the large amount
of criminal benefits—from $1.1 million to $1.69 million—realised, and
the fact that Goh and his girlfriend still retain two units.
Goh, who was initially defended by Mr Peter Low, denied giving bribes
to Mr Suhaimi. He suggested that Mr Suhaimi lied as he wanted to "exact
revenge". But the prosecution argued that Mr Suhaimi had no reason to
Defence lawyer Raymond Lye, who took over Goh's case after conviction
and mitigated on his behalf, urged District Judge Luke Tan to impose a
fine while DPP Kow argued for five to six months' jail plus a $100,000
fine. The maximum penalty for corruption is a $100,000 fine and five
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