Damn Melbourne councillor Ken Ong, don’t you know that snitches get stitches? Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has announced that he will request a police inquiry into allegations that Chinese investors have attempted to bribe local councillors.
Ken Ong was named as one of the councillors approached with a bribe in 2010 but it is believed this was not an isolated incident.
Councillor Ong told Connect Asia he was offered a discount on an apartment by an investor but denies it was an outright bribe.
“They said, ‘If you can help us here, we can help you with a discount on an apartment’ and I said, ‘No thank you, no thank you. I’m not in the apartment market and the process here is not like that,'” he said.
“It was not really a straight bribe, it was like a naive approach to trying to progress a project which they don’t know how to.”
The councillor is now calling for better education for investors, saying there is a risk a subculture of corruption could take root in Melbourne unless it is nipped in the bud.
Councillor Ong wants to get the message out to all Chinese investors in Australia that bribing people isn’t the done thing down under, no matter how easy it makes getting planning permission in China.
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