The Ministry of Home Affairs suspended all of the outstanding tenders involving former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) commissioner Peter Lim, as soon as it found out he was being investigated for corruption.
Lim was on Wednesday charged by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) with 10 counts of sex-related corruption.
In addition, the ministry said that the three women cited in the charges — Esther Goh Tok Mui, Pang Chor Mui and Lee Wei Hoon — are no longer servicing the SCDF’s accounts. Outstanding tenders involving the three women have also been suspended.
The women’s respective companies — NCS Pte Ltd and Nimrod Engineering — are still vendors, however. Lee’s company, Singapore Radiation Centre Pte Ltd, has not signed contracts with the SCDF.
The ministry said it is also reviewing two contracts that SCDF signed with NCS and Nimrod when Lim was directly involved in the tender process, as he sat on their approval committees.
It also said it is reorganising its procurement processes as part of a review to strengthen their integrity.
Lim allegedly had sex with Goh in his own home
Separately, local media reported that the Tanjong Rhu apartment referred to in the charges levelled against Lim took place in his own home.
Court documents made mention to an “apartment in Tanjong Rhu” in two of the 10 charges, which The Straits Times and The New Paper reported refer to Lim’s 16th floor unit at Costa Rhu condominium, located at Rhu Cross.
The units in Lim’s condominium, incidentally, are all served by private lifts from its basement car park and ground floor.
Carparks referred to in the charges as the location of the sexual trysts, namely those at the Marina Bay Golf Course, Stadium Walk and the Indoor Stadium, all happen to be within a five-minute drive from Lim’s condominium.
The 52-year-old former government scholar was arrested in early January after former Central Narcotics Bureau director Ng Boon Gay was taken in late last year to assist in CPIB investigations surrounding allegations of personal misconduct.
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