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Ong Beng Seng attends F1 S’pore Grand Prix amidst CPIB probe, reportedly shook hands with DPM Wong

Amidst a corruption probe implicating Singapore Grand Prix chairman Ong Beng Seng and Transport Minister S. Iswaran, Ong was seen in the F1 Singapore Grand Prix paddock.

State media noted his trackside handshake with Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong during the drivers’ parade.

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SINGAPORE: Despite an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption involving Singapore Grand Prix chairman Ong Beng Seng and Transport Minister S. Iswaran, Ong was observed in the paddock during the F1 Singapore Grand Prix last weekend.

The 79-year-old appeared radiant, as evidenced by photos taken on Saturday, (16 Sept), where he was seen alongside Moko, one of the designers affiliated with the fashion and jewellery brand Chrome Hearts.

Dressed in a light blue shirt adorned with a striped pocket, Ong seamlessly mingled with the high-society crowd, engaging in conversations with attendees and embarking on a tour of the paddock.

Moko seemed to relish Ong’s company, going so far as to throw an arm around his shoulders.

Additionally, a Facebook post from Singapore’s state media outlet, The Straits Times, shared photos of Mr Ong interacting with guests on Saturday.

The ST also reported that Mr Ong was seen mingling with paddock attendees over the weekend, and on Sunday, he made an appearance on the track just before the drivers’ parade, where he shook hands with Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong.

Arrests of Transport Minister and Billionaire Ong Beng Seng spark intrigue in ongoing CPIB investigation

On 14 July, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) disclosed that both Transport Minister S. Iswaran and prominent billionaire businessman Ong Beng Seng were arrested on 11 July.

Both Mr Ong and Iswaran were subsequently released on bail, with Iswaran’s passport confiscated. The bail amount for Iswaran was not disclosed, but it was known that Ong was granted bail of $100,000.

They are currently cooperating with the authorities in connection with a case that the CPIB had discovered. However, specific details regarding the nature of the probe were not provided by the CPIB.

Mr Ong is renowned as the exclusive shareholder of the Singapore GP, serving as the organizer of this annual sporting event, which forms part of the Formula One World Championship.

In addition, he owns various hotels worldwide. Ong and his wife, businesswoman Cristina Fu, are esteemed members of Singapore’s 25 richest couples.

In 2007, he secured the deal to bring the prestigious Formula One race to Singapore, primarily due to his rapport with former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

While Singaporeans await further information from the CPIB regarding Minister Iswaran’s arrest, reports by the online media outlet Asia Sentinel suggest that the origins of this affair could be linked to the London trial for fraud involving Bernie Ecclestone, former Formula One CEO.

On 2 August, DPM and Finance Minister Mr Lawrence Wong, noted that the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore Police Force, and Attorney General’s Chambers “have worked closely with UK authorities on their investigation and prosecution” of Ecclestone.

He clarified, “Singapore proactively shared relevant information with our UK counterparts, which helped them develop their case.”

Addressing the bank inspection, Mr. Wong said, “In 2017, MAS conducted an inspection of the bank cited in recent media reports to assess its controls for mitigating money laundering and terrorist financing risks. During the inspection, MAS specifically reviewed the bank’s handling of its relationship with Mr Ecclestone.”

He elaborated on the findings, stating, “While MAS found that there was room for improvement in the bank’s anti-money laundering processes, it did not find gaps or weaknesses that were systemic in nature. ”

“MAS also noted that when adverse news about Mr Ecclestone first surfaced in 2013, the bank promptly subjected the account to enhanced monitoring controls by requiring all transactions to be flagged for scrutiny and approval.”

As for the future, Mr Wong promised, “MAS will continue to work with financial institutions to ensure that our financial sector’s defenses against financial crime remain robust.”

Mr Wong was responding to Parliamentary questions (PQ) filed by Chua Kheng Wee and He Ting Ru, both Members of Parliament for Seng Kang GRC from the Workers’ Party.

Chua questioned whether the MAS was satisfied with the anti-money laundering measures at the bank where Ecclestone’s funds are allegedly held; while Ms He asked if the Singapore Government had received any requests from UK law enforcement agencies regarding the Ecclestone case, and, if so, what the nature of the provided assistance was.

The case revolves around Ecclestone being accused of acting “dishonestly” and intending to gain by providing misleading information about his assets to the UK government’s HMRC officers.

The charges stem from an allegation that Ecclestone failed to declare a substantial trust fund held in Singapore, a claim Ecclestone has consistently denied.

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I got a strange eerie feeling he won’t be in trouble soon.

Why? Why must there always be a Why? Its a gut feeling

Singaporeans get the govt they vote for

Takes a Boleh citizen to bring F1 GP to Fantasy Island.

That say a lot about the system!

I believed that the case of alleged corruption against the former transport minister will need to b updated to the public n the public could b feeling disappointed with S. Iswaran as he has been paid a high salary compared to his Taiwanese n South Korean counterparts but he still commit the wrongdoing

Maybe case cleared already just not officially announced yet to the public. On a need to know basis only.

Will be like KOM case – after “extensive” investigations, they cannot find sufficient evidence to prosecute. Case then closed, so as not to spoilt the mood for GE2024/25. By now, they are experts to kelong anything, hor.

, … … it’s a misunderstanding coupled with a serious case of miscommunication cum misinterpretation, on a corporate scale, is all.

These err~elite and entitled lot will never hang their own, … out to dry, never !!!

Not even when caught with their hands in the corporate cookie jar, … Keppel Kase springs to mind !!!

It is, … … … what it is !!!

Nothing is going to happen to these 2 crooks at the end except for a few slaps on their filthy wrists.Then it’s back to dirty f1 business as usual. Corruption, kickbacks, pollution, enrichment of the corrupt and filthy rich even further, more ridout type scandals, these will persist unless and until we vote these pap crooks out! Vote out pap! Vote for ANY opposition!

Money, money must be funny in a rich man’s world. All is well with OBS . Iswaran may come out with a scratch. 🥂 to a crony State.😡

Maybe Iswaran becomes The Fall Guy.
Hope it’s not some $70 Chee Soon Juan postage stamp case.
If it is, Hsien Loong better move out, or cruise missiles might land accidentally in SG.

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If OBS and LW shake hands means everything is A-okay? Iswaran all set to get full back pay and Hazel’s parliamentary motion not applicable anymore?
A cold blanket after all? Hmmm….

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