Former SCDF chief Peter Lim still has case to answer even though key witness Pang Chor Mui contradicts herself: Prosecution
But key witness continues to contradict herself in court
THE prosecution summed up its case against former civil defence chief Peter Lim Sin Pang yesterday, saying it had presented enough evidence to show that he had corrupt intent when he obtained oral sex from Ms Pang Chor Mui in May 2010.
But even as they said Lim had a case to answer, their key witness, Ms Pang, the former general manager of Nimrod Engineering, continued to contradict herself in court.
Ms Pang, 49, had allegedly been tipped off by Lim that the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) needed radiation portal monitors before the information was made public.
On her third day on the stand yesterday, she was grilled by both sides over her use of the word "antagonise" in her statements to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) last year.
WHAT SHE SAID
- Ms Pang Chor Mui explaining to defence lawyer Hamidul Haq why she did not know how to answer the CPIB investigating officer, when asked why she feared "antagonising" Lim despite him not having asked her for oral sex:
"I didn't really mean it... I guess at that time I just wanted to get out of the place... I was really very tired through all these sessions (at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau). So when he asked me again, I could not give a reason because it was not true. It was not really true."
- Ms Pang, explaining to Deputy Public Prosecutor Sherlyn Neo how she decided to use the word "antagonise" in her statement:
"So it's something that I thought of (to say).
I wasn't lying. That went through my mind and (so) I said there could be a possibility (that she might have feared antagonising Lim) and that's why I vocalised it."
- Ms Pang to DPP Neo on how close she was to Lim:
"To other people, there may be nothing to it because we hardly even meet, but to me, it's the mental connection. The connection is there, so to me, that is considered close."