Brompton bikes case: trial of NParks exec begins
The trial of former National Parks Board assistant director in the controversial Brompton bikes case starts today.
42-year-old Bernard Lim Yong Soon is fighting allegations of providing false information.
He faces two counts of giving false information to officers from the Ministry of National Development (MND), who were conducting an internal audit into NParks' purchase of 26 Brompton bikes.
Lim, who was overseeing the purchase, had allegedly denied being a friend of the director of Bikehop Singapore, the supplier of the bikes.
He is also accused of getting the director, Mr Lawrence Lim, to give the same false information to the auditors.
The alleged offences took place between June and July in 2012.
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan had ordered the audit in 2012 after it was reported in a Chinese daily that NParks had purchased Brompton bicycles costing S$2,200 each for its officers.
Bikehop Singapore had won the tender to supply bicycles to NParks.
The report prompted questions over whether the agency got value for money in buying those bikes.
The trial is expected to be held over about 10 days in March and April.
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