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Accused NParks officer 'led to believe auditors meeting was informal chit-chat'

Published on Mar 14, 2014 6:31 PM
 
National Parks Board officer Bernard Lim Yong Soon (centre), who is accused of lying to auditors, was led to believe he was having an informal "chit-chat" with them when in fact it was an official interview, a court heard on Friday. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

THE National Parks Board officer accused of lying to auditors was led to believe he was having an informal "chit-chat" with them when in fact it was an official interview, a court heard on Friday.

Three Ministry of Development (MND) officers had not made it clear to Bernard Lim Yong Soon that they would be writing a report on the proceedings of July 18, 2012, for senior management, defence lawyer Lawrence Ang argued on the trial's fourth day.

Lim, 42, is accused of telling the officers that he did not know the director of firm Bikehop before it put in the sole bid to supply 26 Brompton bicycles to his employer for $57,200. It is also alleged that he instigated Bikehop director Mr Lawrence Lim Chun How to perpetuate the lie.

The latter testified on Tuesday that the pair had actually first met in September or October 2011 at a social event, and that Lim tipped him off about the tender which was to take place in January, 2012.

 
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