ICA officer admits to getting sexual services for immigration-related favours

Wan Ting Koh
Chin Peng Sum, 51, seen outside the State Courts. (FILE PHOTO: Wan Ting Koh/Yahoo News Singapore)
Chin Peng Sum, 51, seen outside the State Courts. (FILE PHOTO: Wan Ting Koh/Yahoo News Singapore)

During his work as a staff sergeant with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA), he told three women arrested for immigration offences that he could help them remain in Singapore.

Chin Peng Sum, 51, then obtained free sexual favours from two of the women and alerted them about impending ICA raids.

On Friday (28 December), Chin admitted to 10 charges, including two counts of obstructing justice, three of breaching the Official Secrets Act and two breaches of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Another 23 counts of a similar nature will be taken into consideration for sentencing.

Recommend extension of Special Passes

Chin had worked in ICA since 1998, and his duties included conducting operations to arrest immigration offenders.

Between end of 2016 and early 2017, he met the three women – Wang Chenghong, Zhu Shirong and Tang Yuanyuan, all Chinese nationals – over the course of his work. The trio had been arrested for immigration offences.

Chin would contact the women and tell them that he was in a position to recommend the extension of the Special Passes which would allow them to stay in Singapore after the conclusion of their matters.

Free massage, sexual services

Sometime last year, he contacted Zhu to ask for massage services. Zhu agreed and Chin went to her Geylang residence, where they had sex. Zhu later declined Chin’s $100 payment, claiming the services were for free.

The two met again a month later for more sexual services. This time, Chin did not offer to pay.

In the same year, Chin contacted Wang for massage services, which also led to sexual services at her Geylang residence. Chin then asked for a 50 per cent discount of Wang’s advertised rate, but Wang declined his payment.

Chin returned a month later to ask for the same services, and did not make payment for them.

During the offences, Chin was aware that the services were provided to him for free, due to his ability to recommend the women’s Special Passes to be extended.

Alerting the women on impending raids

When he received information about impending raids from his superiors, including confidential details such as the dates and locations, he would pass them on to the trio. He did so on three occasions in March and February 2017, enabling the women to avoid the raids.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Low Hui Min said that Chin wanted to give the impression that he was protecting the women.

However, Zhu was arrested on 31 March 2017 for vice activities. Her handphone was seized, and Chin’s messages on the impending raids and sexual services were uncovered.

ICA then called Chin up for an interview. After the interview, Chin told Wang to delete the incriminatory messages against him and the woman did so. He also deleted the messages to the three women from his handphone.

Chin, who is currently suspended from his job in the ICA, will be sentenced on 2 January.

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