SINGAPORE: All outstanding tenders involving former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) commissioner Peter Lim Sin Pang and the persons involved in the alleged corruption scandal have been suspended, said the Home Affairs Ministry (MHA).
In a statement issued just past midnight, MHA said it took "immediate action to suspend all outstanding tenders" involving Lim and the "persons implicated in the case" once it knew Lim was under Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) investigation.
The companies implicated in the case provided IT products and services to SCDF, and the persons involved are "no longer servicing SCDF’s accounts", MHA added.
In two contracts SCDF signed with the companies — which MHA did not name — Lim was "directly involved in the tender process" as a member of the tender approval committee and the two contracts are under review.
On Wednesday, Lim was charged in court with 10 counts of corruption as he allegedly obtained sexual gratification from three women between May 2010 and November 2011. Lim, 52, allegedly had oral sex from Lee Wei Hoon, a director of Singapore Radiation Centre and Pang Chor Mui, a general manager at Nimrod Engineering.
Lim, who is married, is also accused of having sex on seven occasions with Esther Goh Tok Mui, a business development director at NCS Private Limited. In return, Lim would show favour to the companies where the women are working in, for IT—related tenders called by the SCDF.
Lim, who did not enter a plea, is now out on S$10,000 bail and will be back in court on July 5.
As part of a review to strengthen the integrity of its procurement and tender processes, MHA is "reorganising" its procurement function as well as the roles and functions of officers involved in the process.
While MHA and its Home Team Departments are required to comply with the Ministry of Finance guidelines and procedures for tender and procurement, MHA has reminded officers to "adhere strictly to the procurement rules at all times" in the wake of Lim’s case.
"Officers found to be in breach of procurement procedures will be dealt with accordingly," MHA added. —
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