Former mosque executive chairman charged for accepting bribe in the form of shares

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SINGAPORE: A former executive chairman in the management boards of two mosques was charged on Friday (Sep 23) with accepting bribes in exchange for providing advice on the price of quotes for works at the mosques. 

Abdul Rahim Mawasi, 55, was the mosque executive chairman of the mosque management boards of Darul Aman Mosque at Jalan Eunos and Sallim Mattar Mosque at the MacPherson area at the time of the alleged offences around November 2019, his charge sheet states.  

The Singaporean allegedly obtained gratification in the form of shares belonging to travel firm, Amal Travel & Tour, from Mohd Mustaqim Kam @ Kam Hock Beng, the director of Zeal-Con Engineering, a construction-related firm.

The shares were allegedly a reward to Abdul Rahim for providing advice to Mustaqim on the price of Zeal-Con's quotes to the two mosques for works to be carried out. 

Likewise, Mustaqim, a 64-year-old Singaporean, was also charged on Friday with one count of giving the bribe to Abdul Rahim. 

Each man was handed one count of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act. They will return to court for a pre-trial conference on Oct 21. 

If convicted of corruption, each man may be jailed up to five years and/or fined up to S$100,000. 

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