A former civil defense chief of Singapore went on trial for corruption yesterday for allegedly demanding oral sex from a woman bidding for government contracts.
In a second case of its kind, Peter Lim, 52, was charged in the District Court with obtaining oral sex in 2010 from Pang Chor Mui, then general manager of Nimrod Engineering, an equipment supplier to the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
The trial opened three days after a former head of the anti-narcotics police, Ng Boon Gay, was cleared of charges based on a claim he demanded oral sex from a contractor to help her win official deals.
The new trial "involves a high-ranking civil servant who abused his official position and corruptly obtained gratification from a general manager of a company which was a vendor to the organization [he led]," prosecutors said.
The woman feared she would jeopardize her firm's good relations with the force "if she did not give in to his request for oral sex."
Lim had authority to approve contracts of up to S$1 million (HK$6.25 million), and it was alleged he called Pang after the sexual encounter about supplying radiation monitoring equipment before the force called for a tender. With information from Lim, Nimrod submitted a bid, prosecutors added. They did not state if Nimrod won.
Lim, now suspended, will face nine more charges of obtaining sex from two women whose firms also sold products to the SCDF, which provides firefighting, ambulance and other emergency services.
Defense lawyer Hamidul Haq told the court his client "categorically denies any allegations of corruption."
Lim and Pang shared an intimate friendship and had a "one-off" encounter, Haq added, but the friendship had no bearing on the outcome of tenders. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE