SINGAPORE - The trial of Ang Mo Kio Town Council's former general manager starts on Tuesday (Sept 25), after he pleaded not guilty in April to allegedly taking bribes that totalled $107,000. Wong Chee Meng, 58, who is also known as Victor Wong, stands accused of taking bribes from two company directors in exchange for advancing the business interests of their companies with the Ang Mo Kio Town Council, where he was general manager and secretary. He faces 55 counts of corruptly accepting gratification from Chia Sin Lan, director of companies 19-ANC Enterprise and 19-NS2 Enterprise, and Ms Yip Fong Yin, director of 19-NS2. The bribes, amounting to $107,000, were allegedly taken between December 2014 and September 2016. According to court documents, they include: • Remittances to Wong's mistress in China worth $30,600; • Restaurant bills worth $5,000; • A $13,500 discount on a Toyota Corolla Altis that Wong bought; • A spa treatment in Geylang that cost around … [Read more...] about Graft trial of Ang Mo Kio Town Council’s ex-GM begins on Tuesday
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Comprising five legs to be held in Chiang Mai (May 19-20), Buri Ram (June 29-July 1 and October 26-28), Chon Buri (July 13-15) and Phuket (September 22-23), the event will feature motor racing as well as various entertainments aimed at attracting big crowds, including potential Toyota customers. Visitors to the event will be greeted by the Live Alive Cafe featuring a collection of Toyota technologies, and have the chance to walk around the track and into the pit, allowing them to closely check out racing cars. The racing events include one-make races for the Hilux Revo, Corolla Altis and Vios (with male and female categories). At the end of the year, the top two drivers in the standings of the Corolla Altis event will be sponsored to participate in the Netz Cup at the Fuji Speedway in Japan, which is a Toyota Vitz one-make race. There are currently 12 entries for the Revo, 14 for the Altis, 24 for the Vios and 13 for the Vios Lady, according to organisers TRD Thailand. … [Read more...] about Visitors can see the pit at Toyota Motorsport 2018 in Chiang Mai
A former general manager and secretary of Ang Mo Kio Town Council, who allegedly took bribes amounting to $107,000 from the director of two building companies, was charged with corruption yesterday. Wong Chee Meng, 58, also known as Victor Wong, faces 55 counts of corruptly accepting gratification from Chia Sin Lan, the director and shareholder of 19-ANC Enterprise and 19-NS2 Enterprise. He allegedly did this in exchange for advancing the business interests of the companies with the town council, State Courts documents show. The alleged bribes include: - Remittances to Wong's mistress in China that amounted to $30,600. - Entertainment expenses of more than $40,000 at various KTV lounges and nightclubs in Singapore. - Restaurant meals that cost close to a total of $5,000. - A "spa treatment" in Geylang that cost around $1,070. - Stays at Fragrance Hotel and Hotel 81, which cost, respectively, about $35 and $30. - A job for Wong's daughter-in-law Le Thi Hien at 4-Ever Engineering firm. … [Read more...] about Ex-AMK Town Council GM charged with graft