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Iswaran’s 35 charges: from football matches tickets to Brompton T Line bike

On Monday, former PAP minister Iswaran slapped with eight new charges under section 165 of the Penal Code. Iswaran now faces a total of 35 charges related to items valued at around S$400,000.

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On Monday (25 March), S Iswaran, the former Transport Minister, appeared in the State Courts to confront eight new charges under section 165 of the Penal Code.

These charges allege his receipt of valuable items, including whisky bottles, golf clubs, and a Brompton bicycle, from Lum Kok Seng, managing director of construction firm Lum Chang Holdings (LCH).

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) disclosed that the items in question hold a combined value of approximately S$18,956.94.

These acquisitions were linked to Iswaran’s official capacity as Transport Minister, intersecting with Lum’s dealings with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) via Lum Chang Building Contractors.

With these additional charges, Iswaran now faces a total of 35 charges related to items valued at around S$400,000.

Background of Iswaran’s eight new charges

The eight new charges against Iswaran detail the items he allegedly received from Mr Lum between November 2021 and November 2022.

During this period, Mr Lum was involved in overseeing the performance of the T315 contract, which entailed addition and alteration works to the existing Tanah Merah Station and viaducts under the auspices of Lum Chang Building Contractors and the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

The charges specify the items acquired by Iswaran:

  • Four bottles of Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila whisky valued at S$1,084.46.
  • Two bottles of Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila whisky valued at S$524.23; Three bottles of L’Evangile 2014 wine valued at S$394.20; Three bottles of Pauillac De Latour 2015 wine valued at S$186.31; Three bottles of Albert Bichot Domaine du Clos Frantin Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 wine valued at S$1,177.21; and three bottles of Pichon Lalande 2010 wine valued at S$955.80.
  • A TaylorMade golf driver valued at S$749.
  • Two bottles of Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila whisky worth S$524.23
  • A set of Honma Beres BE-08 Black AQ MX golf clubs valued at S$4,420.
  • A Brompton T Line bicycle valued at S$7,907.50.
  • Two bottles of M&H Elements Sherry Cask whisky valued at S$198.
  • A Scotty Cameron Phantom golf putter valued at S$600, along with two golf chippers valued at S$100 each.

Earlier on 18 January, Mr Iswaran was charged in the State Courts with  27 offences, including corruption, receiving gratification as a public servant and obstructing justice.

The 61-year-old entered a plea of not guilty to all charges linked to his interactions with property tycoon Ong Beng Seng.

He had also tendered his resignation from Parliament and the People’s Action Party (PAP).

The court heard that the charges included two counts of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 24 counts related to receiving items from individuals with whom he had business dealings in his capacity as a public servant, and one charge for obstructing the course of justice under the Penal Code.

According to charge sheets, between 2015 and 2022, Iswaran received “valuable things” exceeding S$384,000 (US$285,000) from Ong, the man who brought Formula One to Singapore.

These included tickets to shows, football matches, and multiple editions of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix.

Allegations of obtaining valuable items totalling S$218,058.95 from Mr Ong over 24 occasions

Iswaran faces 24 charges under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which expressly prohibits public servants from acquiring any valuable item—whether for zero or insufficient consideration—from individuals involved in proceedings or businesses overseen by said public servants.

As a public servant, Iswaran is accused of obtained valuable items with a cumulative worth of approximately S$218,058.95 from Mr Ong on 24 occasions between November 2015 to December 2021.

He allegedly either received this through Mr Ong directly, Mr Ong’s company Como Holdings (UK) or Singapore GP.

This alleged series of transactions occurred against the backdrop of Iswaran’s awareness of Mr Ong’s connection to his official role as the Chairman of the F1 Steering Committee.

The items include:

Around November 2015

  • Two tickets to the show Thriller worth about £200 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Two tickets to the show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time worth about £270 from Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Two tickets to the football match for West Ham United FC v Everton FC (Boleyn Ground) worth about £468 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings UK
  • Two tickets to the football match for Arsenal FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC (Emirates) worth about £550 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)

In September 2016

  • Ten Green Room tickets to the 2016 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix worth about S$42,265 from Mr Ong through Singapore GP

In September 2017

  • Ten Green Room tickets to the 2017 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix worth about S$42,265 from Mr Ong through Singapore GP
  • Five Boardwalk tickets to the 2017 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix worth about S$40,000 from Mr Ong through Singapore GP

Around December 2017

  • Four tickets to the show Book of Mormon worth about £540 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Four tickets to the football match of Chelsea FC v Southampton FC (Stamford Bridge) worth about £700 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Four tickets to the shows Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Part 2, worth about £1,000 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Four tickets to the football match for Arsenal FC v Liverpool FC (Emirates) worth about £1,100 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Four tickets to the show Kinky Boots worth about £300 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)

In September 2018

  • Six Twenty3 tickets to the 2018 Singapore Formula Grand Prix worth about S$13,193.10 from Mr Ong through Singapore GP
  • Thirteen general admission tickets to the 2018 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix worth about S$16,744 from Mr Ong through Singapore GP

Around December 2018

  • Four tickets to the show The Play That Goes Wrong worth about £380 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Four tickets to the show School of Rock worth about £560 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Four tickets to the football match for Chelsea FC v Manchester City FC worth at least £120 from Mr Ong

Around June 2019

  • Four tickets to the show Hamilton worth about £400 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Four tickets to the show Waitress worth about £524 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Four tickets to the show Betrayal worth about £1,080 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)

Around September 2019

  • Six Green Room tickets to the 2019 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix worth about S$26,643 from Mr Ong through Singapore GP
  • Sixteen general admission tickets to the 2019 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix worth about S$20,608 from Mr Ong through Singapore GP

Around December 2021

  • Two tickets for the show Back to the Future worth about £449 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)
  • Two tickets to the show &Juliet worth about £250 from Mr Ong through Como Holdings (UK)

As per the PCA and Penal Code, individuals facing charges related to corruption or Section 165 offences can be accused of “accepting” or “obtaining” gratification or valuable items.

In all of Iswaran’s filed charge sheets, it is explicitly mentioned that he obtained these items.

Corruption charges about a private plane journey, hotel accommodation, and a business class flight

As for the two corruption charges under Sections 6(a) and 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Iswaran is accused of corruptly receiving more than S$166,000 (US$123,570) worth of flights, hotel stays and tickets to events in exchange for advancing Mr Ong’s business interests.

He allegedly corruptly obtained 10 Green Room tickets, eight Twenty3 tickets and 32 general admission tickets to the 2022 Singapore F1 GP, worth about $48,150, $56,068 and $41,216 respectively, in September 2022.

This alleged inducement was to promote Ong’s interests in connection with a contract between the Singapore Grand Prix and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

In December 2022, Iswaran allegedly obtained gratification valued at $20,848.03 from Mr Ong.

This was purportedly in exchange for advancing Mr Ong’s interests regarding a contract between the Singapore Grand Prix and the STB, along with a proposal for a contract with the STB.

The specific items reportedly obtained in the alleged corrupt transactions include an outbound flight on Mr Ong’s private plane from Singapore to Doha, estimated at US$7,700, one night’s stay at the Four Seasons Doha valued at approximately S$4,738, and a business class flight from Doha to Singapore with an estimated worth of about S$5,700.

Allegations of obstructing the course of justice

Additionally, Iswaran faces allegations of obstructing the course of justice on or around 25 May 2023.

As detailed in court documents,  he allegedly made a repayment of S$5,700 to Singapore GP, equivalent to the cost of his business flight ticket from Doha to Singapore.

This act was carried out with the knowledge that it was likely to obstruct the proper functioning of justice.

Total of 40 tickets to 13 shows in the UK, and 16 tickets to football matches

The 40 tickets Iswaran allegedly obtained for 13 plays or musicals in the UK, spanning the years 2015 to 2021, are estimated to hold a value of S$10,693.

Concerning the five charges related to the acquisition of 16 football match tickets, the total value is reported to be S$5,646.

Iswaran is alleged to have received a total of 36 Green Room tickets, 5 Boardwalk tickets, 14 Twenty3 tickets, and 61 general admission tickets for various editions of the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix between 2016 and 2022.

The Twenty3 tickets afford premium access, providing panoramic views of the finish line along with access to specialty bars, lounges, and entertainment.

Green Room tickets grant entry to an air-conditioned suite offering prime views of the race track, complete with complimentary food and beverages, while Boardwalk tickets provide access to a glass-encased extension beside the race track.

General admission tickets, the most economical option, allow guests to access the open areas around the race circuit.

The cumulative value of these tickets is estimated to be S$347,152.

Penalties for convictions under PCA and Penal Code

For individuals convicted under Section 165 of the Penal Code, the penalties can include fines or imprisonment for up to two years, or a combination of both.

Individuals convicted under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) may face imprisonment for a maximum of five years, a fine of up to S$100,000, or both.

Similarly, under Section 7, the potential penalties include imprisonment for up to seven years, a fine of up to S$100,000, or both.

For the offence of attempting to obstruct the course of justice, the consequences entail a possible imprisonment term of up to seven years, a monetary fine, or a combination of both.

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It is quite jialat that being the highly paid minister still need to solicit bribes in the first place n he definitely need to be given tough punishment

Remember to go temple to pray more often otherwise if go Changi Resort, no more chance to pray at your preferred temple

taylor, taylor,taylor
Taylor swift shld be the next pm of singapore

Did he not share the loot that the whole ceiling is now crumbling on him?
Or was he caught by surprise?
Because the trend if any MIW is caught with pants down, the crooks will stand behind each other or draft some nonsense bill that will lead to exonerate the case.
I mean the parliament of baboons normally never let each other drown. But this fella is left behind. Strange!

This one is definitely whistle blown. Fat fuck Iswaran would never have admit to these.
Neither would Lum pah cheng ownself own up.
How was it likely blown?
By competitors of the construction trade loh.😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣

This is not the end of it.
Those Lum pah contracts were definitely awarded by kelong!
The only thing is Lum pah board all kenna, who is going to complete the projects?
If Lum pah gets charged, the whole can of worns would even spill out more!
Guess when the gov gets too cozy with cronies, this is the price to pay!😆😆😆

The perks of high office come in many forms. Everyone of them are treated like VIPs. The perks will spoil anyone. You can’t be seeping fine wine without a deep appreciation and solitude with what you can consume in excesses. Caught or not, all are guilty. Too much excesses(treated and rewarded like VIPs) your head gets fat and oily or greasy. You become a slippery character who can’t be trusted with truth or true substance,
The value of money becomes your all consuming purpose in life as a….hypocrite.

Singapore must have that ironfist to govern.
New law must pass: those who are caught for bribery and corruption, will be hanged, no matter how much is the money involved.
See anyone, including civil servants, in Singapore want to corrupt or not….lol.

They have blatantly dishonestly lied and misled Sheep’s that paying Ministers and Officers prevent. BALLS BALLS.

THIS IS NOT THE ISSUE – it’s a bloody lie.

The ISSUE is human greed. And they has never never never attempt to explain HOW GREED in Their Ministers Can Be ELIMINATED.

When they CANNOT ELIMINATE GREED – like LUSTILY eyeing the Huge Mansional Bungalows to live in – paying Billions of Salaries to their kind CANNOT, WILL NOT ELIMINATE corruption because IT IS GREED.

Singaporeans are CHEATED FOR YEARS because they ARE GREEDY.

Last edited 22 days ago by the trishaw

Made more than a mil a piece every year, chiak, chiak, chiak till cows come home.

Greed knows no bound

Why like that ahhh?

The main shows seems to be obliterated – these seems to involve stronger, more powerful politicians and are the MEATIER episodes that Sheep’s won’t get to see, smell, touch, keep in memory.

Many of us can speculate what are the meatier shows than all these tickets, rooms, alcohol, bicycles, motor races and so on.

What the MONUMENTAL FACRCE!

Last edited 22 days ago by John Doe

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