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Timeline: SCDF sex-for-contracts scandal

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Ex SCDF chief Peter Lim sentenced to 6 months' jail, starts serving sentence on 26 June

Former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) chief Peter Lim who has been sentenced to six months' jail for corruptly obtaining sexual favours, began serving his sentence on 26 June.

Lim, 53, was convicted on 31 May of one count of corruptly obtaining oral sex from 49-year-old Pang Chor Mui, a former general manager at Nimrod Engineering, in May 2010,  in exchange for furthering the business interests of her then employer.

At the sentencing hearing on 7 June, District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim said a fine in this case would not be appropriate as "it would trivialise severity of corruption". The court needs to send a clear message that corruption will not be tolerated, she added.

The judge stressed that Lim was the highest ranking officer in the SCDF and "was expected to lead by example and display unimpeachable conduct". She also found it "totally unacceptable" that he brought disrepute to the office he held.

Lim faced ten counts of obtaining sexual favours with three different women between May 2010 and November 2011, but the prosecution proceeded with one charge involving Pang Chor Mui first.

During his sentencing hearing, Lim admitted to seven other trysts with two other women from two other firms - Kelly Lee Wei Hoon of Singapore Radiation Centre and Esther Goh Tok Mui of NCS Pte Ltd - both of which were vendors of the SCDF.

The last two charges against Lim were dropped.

Lim decided to drop his appeal against the sentence after meeting his lawyers on 2 Jul. The maximum penalty for corruption is a jail term of five years and a fine of up to $100,000 on each count.

Here’s a look back at the SCDF sex-for-contracts scandal that has got everyone talking.

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