Former Keppel procurement officer pleads guilty to long list of bribery charges

A former senior procurement office at Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard pleaded guilty on Friday to 54 charges of corruption and money laundering after taking more than S$700,000 ($515,000) in bribes.

Neo Kian Siong, 63, took the bribes over period of 14 years. Sentencing is expected on April 17. He remains out on bail of S$50,000.

Neo was contacted often while at Keppel by suppliers seeking to find out quotations from rivals to undercut them.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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