A former senior foreman of a contractor of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project denied on Monday two counts of bribery charges concerning twice offering a Macau casino token to the value of HK$50,000 (US$6,448) to the employee of an independent consultant. The alleged bribe involved conniving for sub-standard materials supplied to the project, Hong Kong’s Chinese-language media reported.
The 43-year old defendant, named as Lee Shu Shan, formerly a senior foreman with China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd, was charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong in November last year on two counts of offering an advantage to an agent, a violation of the city’s Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
Lee, who was tasked with monitoring the construction of seawalls in the development project of the cross-border bridge, allegedly twice offered a non-refundable casino token from a Macau casino to the value of HK$50,000 to an employee of Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd. in October 2013 as an incentive to connive in the provision of sub-standard materials to the project.
Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong was appointed by the Highways Department to supervise the work of China Harbour Engineering.
In his defence, Lee said on Monday that he was appointed by the outsourced material supplier to offer the casino token to the independent consultant, a deal that would render him “no advantage”.
Lee’s offer of the casino token to the Ove Arup & Partners employee was rejected. The employee then reported the case to both his own company and the commission against corruption.
The alleged corruption case is still being processed by the Tsuen Wan Magistracy in Hong Kong.