An ICA sergeant has been hauled to court on corruption charges. Catherine Lim Zhi Yin, 26, allegedly accepted or agreed to accept bribes totalling $1,680 as a reward for granting 30-day social visit passes to 28 Thai women.
The ICA officer was accused of accepting the money from a Singaporean man, Raymond Lim Boon Ian, 36, between December 2014 and February 2015. Raymond Lim has been sentenced to eight months’ jail for corruption. It was not made known why the Thai women were in Singapore. The ICA, in response to the proceedings again its officer, have stated that Lim has been interdicted from service since March 7, 2015.
The ICA said it takes a serious view of errant officers, and added: “As guardians of Singapore’s checkpoints, ICA officers are expected to discharge their duties professionally and maintain a high standard of integrity.” The ICA also said it had worked closely with the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) when the case was surfaced through ICA’s internal checks and investigations.