Peter Lim Sin Pang
7 June 2012. Former SCDF chief, Peter Lim Sin Pang, was charged yesterday with 10 counts of corruption involving sex with three women IT executives seeking government contracts for their companies. They are Pang Chor Mui, a general manager at Nimrod Engineering, Lee Wei Hoon, a director at Singapore Radiation Centre and Esther Goh, a business development director at NCS Private Limited.
Between May 2010 and November last year, he allegedly had sexual encounters with them in public car parks and apartments in Singapore, and once, in a Paris hotel. He is accused of showing favour to their companies in IT related tenders called by SCDF.
Mr Lim, 52, was charged in the Subordinate Courts. He began having sex with them from May 2010, a year after he became the chief of SCDF. Lim did not enter a plea.
The court documents did not specify the value of the tenders or the nature of the services these companies offered to SCDF.
Ms Goh is alleged to have had sex with him seven times between April 20 and November 13. Ms Lee is alleged to have had sex with him twice in a Paris hotel and a car park near Big Splash East Coast Park. Ms Pang is alleged to have had sex with him in a car park at Stadium Walk. Ms Lee and Ms Pang are married and still with the same companies. Ms Goh is unmarried and no longer with NCS. Ms Pang was said to be a personal friend of Lim’s for many years.
Mr Lim is out on $10,000 bail and has surrendered his passport to Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). He is represented by Mr. K. Bala Chandran and due to appear in court again on 5 July 2012. It is not known whether the women named in the case will also face charges. It is possible that the prosecution may have struck a deal with them offering immunity from prosecution in return for their testimony in the case. A CPIB spokesman said that they are looking into the case.
A S$12.5 million ($9.8 million) fraud was uncovered in September 2010 involving two former workers at Land Authority. The two men were jailed for 22 years and 15 years respectively.
Glenn Knight, a former director of the Commercial Affairs Department was sentenced to a day’s jail in 1998 and suspended from legal practice on corruption charges in 1991. The Straits Times said the investigations this year rank among the highest- level probes of civil servants since Knight’s case.
Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) chief Ng Boon Gay was arrested on December 19 Last year, two weeks prior to the arrest of Mr. Lim of SCDF. There is no word on whether he will be charged in courts yet, according to Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng, who is representing Mr Ng.