Is Cecilia Sue really the victim?

This story originally appeared in The New Paper on Sunday, Sept 30.

She paints herself as the helpless executive forced into giving oral sex to a top civil servant. She even cries in court, saying the publicity is killing her, and pleads with the judge to ask the defence not to ask ‘insulting’ questions

Snared by an investigation into a corruption case, is Ms Cecilia Sue Siew Nang merely a forlorn woman who fell for the wrong man?

Her statements to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) seem to paint such a picture.

In court, she has also come across in parts of her three-day testimony last week as a helpless victim of cruel and intense public attention because of her adulterous relationship with former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay.

Ng, 46, faces four counts of corruptly obtaining oral sex from Ms Sue between July and December last year.

She described the relationship that began when they met at a gathering at a pub in Tanjong Pagar: “When I first came to know him in 2009, Boon Gay came into my life to rationalise my thoughts and give me comfort and support when I most needed help.

“I had a strong liking for him.”

That is, until Ms Sue, 36, suffered a pregnancy scare earlier in the first quarter of 2010, according to her statement to CPIB.

“I asked Boon Gay what if the child was his. At that time, I felt that Boon Gay was an irresponsible man because he didn’t want to show responsibility.

“He did not comfort me either and he broke my heart. It was then I decided to end my relationship with him.”

Ng’s lawyer, Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng of Wong Partnership LLP, had cited the statements in his cross-examination.In another statement, she said: “I had mentioned that ‘I’ve made myself clear and do not want history to repeat itself and cause another scare".

“What I meant was I would not like to have another sexual penetration with Boon Gay anymore because of the pregnancy scare.”

Ms Sue also said, as she broke down in tears, that “recently with all the publicity, it’s already been killing me”.

In court, she avoided making eye contact with Mr Tan or the gallery, and sat facing the judge.

She also pleaded through District Judge Siva Shanmugam: “May I request that the defence counsel treat me with respect and not to pose too many embarrassing and insulting questions to me?”

She also wanted Mr Tan to “understand my condition and spare a kind thought about it”.

Ms Sue said that the episode caused mental stress and “affected my physical health”.

The court was earlier told that she has been diagnosed with clinical depression.

On Friday, Mr Tan put it to Ms Sue that it was her desire to save herself from prosecution “as well as her marriage” that prompted her to testify that Ng had forced her to perform oral sex.

He said: “You had to suggest that the sexual acts were forced because you were concerned about your marriage.”

But Ms Sue countered: “If you want to prove we had a relationship, I’m telling you we did not have.”

She insisted that she had been tired and stressed during the CPIB interrogations, hence the discrepancy between her court testimonies and her CPIB statements.

As she recounted how Ng forced her repeatedly to have oral sex with him, Ms Sue broke down in tears several times.At a lunch sometime last year, she said that Ng asked her: “When you want to take in?”

When the prosecution asked her to elaborate, she replied: “Common knowledge... to take in his sperm.”

Ms Sue also broke down as she recounted the incident last July after they had met at Capella hotel. A few hours later, she drove Ng back to Beaufort Hotel to collect his car.

She said: “We chatted in the car… and then… all of a sudden, he pushed my head down to his private parts and he shoved his private parts into my mouth.

“I was very shocked. I… I tried to… tried to push away.”

At another meeting in November, Ms Sue said she met Ng at Hort Park. He asked her to access a pornographic website while he had his dinner. Ms Sue said she felt disgusted.

After they went back to the car, he started to talk about porn websites and how she felt.

“I could see he was looking a bit excited. He said that he was getting hard and can I help him?”

She paused to compose herself and said Ng tried to kiss her, then pushed her head down to his “private parts”.

“I tried to escape. I struggled and tried to push myself away but while doing so, the private parts got in my mouth. He was very strong.”

It took her some time before she managed to get out, added Ms Sue.