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NParks officer 'tipped off' Brompton bikes supplier about 2012 government tender

Published on Mar 11, 2014 1:24 PM
NParks assistant director Bernard Lim Yong Soon leaves the Subordinate Courts on Aug 29, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW 

The National Parks Board (NParks) officer who oversaw the purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles from supplier Bikehop was a personal friend of its director and had tipped him off about the government tender for the foldable bikes, it emerged in court on Tuesday.

Taking the stand on the first day of the trial against Bernard Lim Yong Soon for lying to auditors investigating the deal, Bikehop's then director Lawrence Lim Chun How said he had first met Bernard Lim in September 2011 at a night cycling event - some three months before NParks invited bids for the procurement of the bicycles.

Bernard Lim had tipped him off and Bikehop successfully put in a bid to supply the bicycles at $2,200 each at a total cost of $57,200.

Then before a March 2012 meeting with NParks to discuss a delay in delivering a batch of the bikes, Mr Lawrence Lim told a district court that the NParks officer Lim had told him to pretend they did not know each other.

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