Photo of Lee Hsien Loong from Straits Times

According to a press release by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was unaware of corruption happening in his town council for 3 years, until a whistle blower made a complaint. The former general manager and secretary of Ang Mo Kio PAP Town Council, 58-year-old Victor Wong Chee Meng, now faces 55 counts of accepting bribes worth S$107,000 in total.

The bribes were given by the director of building works contractor 19-ANC and 19-NS2 Enterprise, in exchange for town council project works. S$49,377 were spent entertaining the PAP Town Council general manager, S$1,070 on meals and Geylang’s prostitution and S$30,000 to the GM’s mistress. A S$13,500 car discount was also given on a new Toyota Corolla Altis. The building works contractor also gave the PAP Town Council GM’s daughter-in-law a job at one of his subsidiaries, 4-Ever Engineering.

All these happened over 3 years from Dec 2014 to Sep 2016, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ignorant of the corruptions until a whistle blower made a complaint to the CPIB.

Victor Wong awarded town council projects to himself as the former PAP Town Council GM as he is also the managing agent for the town council, in what PAP MPs defended the corruption as “double-hatting”.