[UPDATED on 7 June: added details on women alleged to be involved]
The woman most prominently cited in the sex-related corruption charges against a former top civil servant in Singapore held a senior post at a large IT solutions company.
Esther Goh Tok Mui was director of business development at NCS Pte Ltd when she allegedly had sex with former Singapore Civil Defence Force commissioner (SCDF) Peter Lim seven times between April and November last year.
Lim was charged in court on Wednesday morning with 10 counts of corruption by “advancing the business interests” of Goh and two other women for sex, court documents showed.
Goh is believed to be the only single woman out of the three named.
NCS, according to its website, counts among its clients various Singapore ministries and agencies, including the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the Prime Minister’s office and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
On Wednesday afternoon, a woman answering calls at NCS said Goh no longer worked there.
It’s not clear whether or not Goh was dismissed or if she resigned on her own accord.
A colleague of Goh’s told Yahoo! Singapore that Goh’s employee profile was still on record in the company’s intranet directory at around 1pm on Wednesday, though the page was no longer searchable later that afternoon.
NCS deputy director for marketing and communications Sophia Ong said she was unable to disclose more information about Goh as it is not within the company's policy to "comment on individual employee's [sic] employment".
She did say, however, that the company has a strict code of conduct that spells out the roles and responsibilities of employees when dealing with parties outside of NCS.
"We adopt a zero-tolerance policy against fraud. Employees are to uphold a high standard of personal and corporate integrity," she added.
Goh allegedly had sexual trysts with Lim at a carpark near Marina Bay Golf Course, a carpark at Singapore Indoor Stadium, an apartment in Tanjong Rhu and a flat in Clementi.
The other two women named in court documents are Lee Wei Hoon and Pang Chor Mui.
Lee, who holds a directorship position at Singapore Radiation Centre (SRC) Pte Ltd, was alleged to have slept with Lim in a hotel in Paris in October, and engaged in oral sex with him in November in a carpark at Big Splash East Coast Park last year.
The New Paper reported that the 40-year-old, who stays in an HDB estate in Teck Whye, is married and has a young son.
According to Lianhe Zaobao, Lee is still employed at SRC but is currently on leave. The receptionist also told the paper that the director has shoulder length hair and is good-looking.
SRC provides services that include national disaster management solutions, air treatment and decontamination products, as well as maintenance and repair service support. It currently is not a vendor to the SCDF.
The company is a subsidiary of local manufacturing company IPS Group, which distributes engines, generators, security and aviation equipment in Asia and Africa.
IPS is placed among the top 50 small and medium enterprises in Singapore, and its offices, including those of SRC, are located in Tuas Tech Park.
As for the third woman named in the 10 charges slapped on Lim, Pang Chor Mui, she was named in one charge against Lim for receiving oral sex from her in May 2010 in a carpark at Stadium walk.
Yahoo! Singapore understands that Pang, who is in her late forties, is currently still employed as the general manager of Nimrod Engineering Pte Ltd, a current vendor of the SCDF.
A source close to Pang revealed that she is married and stays with her 17-year-old son and maid in a condominium in Siglap. Her husband often travels overseas for work and seldom returned to the four-room flat.
A visit to Nimrod’s office revealed that the company is a small one, consisting of only about 15 employees. Colleagues Yahoo! Singapore spoke to declined to offer comment on Pang, saying they preferred not to speak “to avoid any misunderstanding”.
According to Lianhe Wanbao, Pang had known Lim for a long time, even before she joined Nimrod six, seven years ago.
Nimrod’s website states that the firm is a certified company providing security solutions with a diverse range of branded quality products.
With additional reporting by Ang Kai Fong
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