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Ex-Singapore Civil Defence Chief Charged With Corruption

June 06, 2012

Former Singapore Civil Defence Force commissioner Peter Benedict Lim Sin Pang was charged yesterday with 10 counts of corruption in the city’s subordinates courts.

Lim, 52, allegedly obtained “sexual gratification” from three women between May 2010 and November 2011 in exchange for favoring their companies in awarding contracts, according to charge sheets filed by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau. The events took place at locations ranging from parking lots in the city to a Paris hotel, the documents showed.

Singapore reviewed its public sector financial procedures after uncovering a S$12.5 million ($9.8 million) fraud in September 2010 by two former workers at its land authority. The two men were jailed for 22 years and 15 years respectively for cheating government agencies in an incident prosecutors said severely shook public confidence in the internal controls at government agencies.

“The government wants to stamp out corruption,” said Bridget Welsh, a political science professor at the Singapore Management University, adding that “someone at a senior rank being charged is an indication” of that move.

Lim didn’t enter a plea, according to the Straits Times. He didn’t answer calls to his home number.

Lim was investigated in December along with the head of the Central Narcotics Bureau on allegations of “serious personal misconduct,” the government said earlier this year.

Glenn Knight, a former director of the Commercial Affairs Department was sentenced to a day’s jail in 1998 and suspended from legal practice on corruption charges in 1991. The Straits Times said the investigations this year rank among the highest- level probes of civil servants since Knight’s case.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sanat Vallikappen in Singapore at vallikappen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chitra Somayaji at csomayaji@bloomberg.net; Linus Chua at lchua@bloomberg.net


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