SINGAPORE: The woman at the centre of the corruption trial of the former head of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Peter Lim Sin Pang, told the court that she knew him since 1996, when they met at a security conference.
Madam Pang Chor Mui, who is testifying as a prosecution witness, said her friendship with Lim blossomed. She said they kept in contact mostly via what Mdm Pang called "playful" text messages.
When asked to elaborate and give examples, she said she could not recall but described them as "light—hearted banter".
From 2006 to 2009, when Mdm Pang was with Nimrod Engineering, the two met for about three lunches. At the end of 2009, Nimrod was awarded an SCDF contract, which was not the contract involved in the charge against Lim.
Mdm Pang testified that it was the first SCDF contract the firm had landed since she joined the company in 2006.
When she was told of the project, she sent Lim a "thank you" message.
Mdm Pang, who took the stand on Monday, arrived in court at about 9am, accompanied by six escorts.
Lim, 52, is accused of obtaining sexual favour from Mdm Pang in exchange for advancing her company’s business interests.
The prosecution’s case is that Lim tipped off Nimrod Engineering about SCDF’s need for walk—through radiation portal monitors (RPMs) even before the information was made public. The tender was published on the government e—procurement website GeBiz on April 6, 2011.
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