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NParks officer was "afraid" to declare his relationship with bicycle supplier's director

Published on Mar 25, 2014 8:56 PM
 
Bernard Lim Yong Soon, the NParks officer who oversaw the purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles told graft officers that he lied to auditors over his relationship with the supplier's director because he was "afraid", a district court heard on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The National Parks Board (NParks) officer who oversaw the purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles told graft officers that he lied to auditors over his relationship with the supplier's director because he was "afraid", a district court heard on Tuesday.

Bernard Lim Yong Soon, 42, is accused of lying to the Ministry of Development (MND) during a meeting on July 18, 2012, and instigating Bikehop director Mr Lawrence Lim Chun How to do the same.

In a statement the NParks assistant director made to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in August 2012, Lim had said he acted the way he did on several occasions because he knew it was wrong not to declare his relationship with Mr Lawrence Lim. The pair became friends at a social event in September or October 2011, some three months before a public tender for the foldable bikes was made.

The court heard that Lim did not tell the truth on several occasions and did not reply to Mr Lawrence Lim's request that he come clean to his superiors after public scrutiny on the deal increased. He failed to come clean despite having at least five chances to do so.

 
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