SINGAPORE: Singapore’s former civil defence chief went on trial for corruption today for allegedly demanding oral sex from a businesswoman bidding for government contracts.
In the second successive case of its kind, Peter Lim, 52, was charged with obtaining oral sex in 2010 from Pang Chor Mui, then general manager of Nimrod Engineering, an equipment supplier to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
The trial opened three days after the former head of the narcotics police, Ng Boon Gay, was cleared of corruption when a judge rejected charges that he demanded oral sex from a contractor to help her win government deals.
State prosecutors said the new trial involves a high ranking civil servant who abused his official position and corruptly obtained gratification from a general manager of a company which was a vendor to the organisation he led.
They said in a prepared opening statement given to the media that the contractor feared she would jeopardise her company’s existing good relations with the SCDF if she did not give in to his request for oral sex.