Workers’ Party submits parliamentary questions for Prime Minister regarding 6 employees of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd – Singapore News

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Workers’ MPs have asked parliamentary questions about the six former senior executives of Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited, who have been given stern warnings in lieu of prosecution for offenses punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The next session of parliament is scheduled for February 6 and the main opposition party has submitted 10 questions from their MPs, including Dennis Tan (Hougang SMC), Gerald Giam and Leon Perera from Aljunied GRC, and He Ting Ru and Louis Chua from Sengkang GRC .

Tan and Giam want to know why the names of the six former senior managers of Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited have not been disclosed by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) and whether their age or nationality can be disclosed.

Sengkang GRC MP Chua put a question to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong when he decided not to prosecute the six individuals involved in the Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited corruption case; what weight has been given to the various relevant factors, such as the guilt of each individual, the available evidence and what is appropriate in the circumstances, and whether this is consistent with the government’s political commitment and leadership and a culture of zero tolerance against corruption.

On January 12, CPIB issued a press release saying the agency had completed its investigations and, in consultation with the Attorney General’s chambers, issued dire warnings to six former senior management employees of Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited on January 11. The six individuals received stern warnings instead of prosecution for crimes punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

“This case is complex and cross-border, involving multiple authorities and witnesses from different countries. In such cases there are problems of proof. Many of the documents are in different jurisdictions. In addition, key witnesses are outside Singapore and cannot be forced to testify here. The decision whether or not to prosecute the six individuals for criminal offenses should take into account all relevant factors, such as the guilt of each individual, the available evidence and what is appropriate in the circumstances. Taking this into account, stern warnings were issued to the six individuals,” the CPIB said in the statement.

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MP Leon’s parliamentary question is also addressed to Prime Minister Lee. of zero tolerance towards corruption.

The full list of parliamentary questions submitted by the Workers’ Party on the Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited corruption case can be found below.

1) Mr. Dennis Tan Lip Fong: To ask the Prime Minister (a) how did the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau come to the decision to issue stern warnings to the six former executives of Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited (KOM), given the size of the bribes given to officials of Brazil’s state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA, which amounted to S$73 million and the amount of the KOM fine paid, which amounted to US$422 million; and (b) whether a detailed account of the facts behind the bribe payment can be provided.

2) Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong: To ask the Prime Minister whether it is in the public interest to disclose the names of the six former executives of Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited (KOM) who have been given dire warnings for their role in giving bribes of S$73 million to officials of Brazil’s state-owned company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, despite the practice of not disclosing the names of those who have been issued dire warnings.

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3) Mr. Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Prime Minister why the Statement of Facts in the Deferred Prosecution Agreement between Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited with the US Department of Justice dated December 22, 2017 is not considered sufficient, available and not appropriate evidence of guilt of six former senior management employees to be charged with corruption in Singapore.

4) Mr. Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Prime Minister since the closing of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement between Keppel Offshore and Marine limited and the US Department of Justice in December 2017 (a) how many times has CPIB contacted witnesses abroad or tried to obtain documents that are located abroad; (b) when did these actions take place; and (c) what were the reactions of the overseas witnesses or organizations when contacted.

5) Mr. Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Prime Minister (a) why the CPIB does not name the six former senior management employees of Keppel Offshore and Marine limited who have been given a stern warning instead of prosecution for offenses punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act; and (b) whether their ages and nationalities can be disclosed.

6) Ms. He Ting Ru: Asking the Foreign Minister in each of the past five years (a) whether the Ministry has records of how many Singaporean companies have been (i) investigated and (ii) found guilty of offenses under foreign law such as the British Bribery Act or other equivalents; and (b) if so, what is the breakdown for such figures.

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7) Mr. Chua Kheng Wee Louis: To ask the Prime Minister based on investigations into the Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited corruption case conducted by CPIB (a) what are the offenses under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1960 (PCA) that were eligible for prosecution for the six persons; and (b) what is the maximum penalty for these offenses under the PCA.

8) Mr. Chua Kheng Wee Louis: To ask the Prime Minister to decide not to prosecute the six persons involved in the Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited corruption case (a) what weight has been given to the various relevant factors, such as the guilt of each individual, the available evidence and what is appropriate in the circumstances; and (b) whether this is consistent with the government’s political commitment and leadership and a culture of zero tolerance against corruption.

9) Mr. Leon Perera: To ask the Prime Minister (a) whether the decision not to prosecute the six individuals involved in the Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited corruption case in Brazil deviates from the government’s stated position of zero tolerance towards regarding corruption; and (b) whether the said decision will affect deterring Singaporeans at home or abroad from committing corrupt acts in a manner that makes prosecution equally difficult.

10) Mr. Leon Perera: To ask the Prime Minister how the decision to indict the six individuals involved in the corruption case of Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited in Brazil has damaged the reputation of Singapore and Singaporean companies for pursuing a policy of zero tolerance towards of corruption.

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