A 37-year-old Brunei Permanent Resident, was charged in the Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrates Court for an offence committed in contravention to the Prevention of the Corruption Act, Chapter 131. Ng Swee Ming, a former HSE officer at Brunei Shell Petroleum, was brought before the Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrates Court for an attempt to corruptly obtain a gratification under section 6A of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau found evidence that sometime in November 2017, Ng Swee Ming is to have corruptly attempted to obtain, from the Managing Director of Techline Solutions Sdn Bhd, a gratification, of 8 thousand dollar as an inducement to produce a favourable 'Green Banding' assessment for the said company.
As part of Anti-Corruption Bureau's standard operating procedure and in line with the advice by the Ministry of Health, the defendant was taken for PCR swab test. Upon the negative swab test result, the defendant appeared before the Magistrates Court virtually at the Anti-Corruption Bureau premise, as allowed under section 7A of the Subordinates Court Act.
At the court proceeding, prosecution had applied for the charge to be read and to record plea. The Defendant is unrepresented had pleaded guilty to the charge, but his guilty plea was rejected by the Honourable Senior Magistrate when the Defendant disputed to the statement of facts read to him. The Senior Magistrate has fixed 17th of November 2021 at 9:30 in the morning for hearing dates to be fixed and released on court bail.
The ACB reminds the public that accepting or offering corruption to any persons is a serious offence. The Defendant is charged under section 6a of the Prevention of the Corruption Act as this case involves a contract with a public body, the Public Prosecutor has referred to an enhanced penalty under section 7 that carries 10 years imprisonment $30,000 fine.
Source: Radio Television Brunei