Former Singapore Civil Defence Force chief Peter Lim Sin Pang appeared in court on Monday for the first day of his corruption trial.
Lim, 52, is facing one charge of corruptly obtaining oral sex from Pang Chor Mui, general manager of Nimrod Engineering, in exchange for advancing the firm's business interests.
Nine other similar charges involving sex with two other women --executives Esther Goh of NCS and Lee Wei Hoon of Singapore Radiation Centre -- have been stood down pending the outcome of the current charge.
In his opening statement, lead prosecutor Tan Kiat Pheng said that after having had oral sex with Pang, Lim had asked her about the supply of radiation portal monitors to SCDF when the need of the agency for such equipment was not yet publicly known.
Tan noted that Nimrod proceeded to source for suppliers of radiation portal monitors and subsequently submitted a bid for a contract to SCDF.
Not denying that Pang had oral sex with Lim in a carpark at Stadium Walk on 2 May 2010, defence counsel Hamidul Haq said Pang did not mean for the act to be an inducement.
Lim's only wrongdoing is a "personal indiscretion" and the state should not be policing marital vows, he argued.
Hamidul also said Nimrod did not need to resort to underhanded tactics as it already provides services for big international events.
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