Bunker clerk charged in Singapore for corruption

Singapore authorities have uncovered a corrupt practice in the local bunkering industry and charges have been pressed against a Singaporean bunker clerk.

Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) announced that a 35-year-old Singaporean Lim Leong was charged in court for corruption.

Lim, a bunker clerk, was charged with one count of corruptly offering gratification of an unspecified sum to Keshminder Singh, a marine surveyor employed by Viking Marine Services, as an inducement for agreeing to shortchange bunker fuel to an offshore supply vessel A70.

Singh did not accept Lim’s offer, CPIB said.

“Singapore does not tolerate corruption. It is a serious offence to give or attempt to give bribes. Any person who is convicted of corruption can be fined up to SGD100,000 ($73,700) or sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years or to both,” CPIB warned.

“The bunkering industry in Singapore is among the largest in the world. It is important to protect the integrity of the industry and to ensure a level playing field for all,” it added.

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Posted 12 March 2019

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Lee Hong Liang

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