Woman had 'high degree of contact' with at least four officers

BESIDES Ng Boon Gay, Ms Cecilia Sue knew several officers from agencies under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) well.

This was shown in a series of sales forecast charts she had prepared shortly after she joined Oracle Corp Singapore in November last year.

Referring to the charts, defence counsel Tan Chee Meng noted that she had categorised at least four people from the agencies as those she had a "high degree of contact" with.

Mr Leslie Ong, the managing director of Oracle Corp Singapore who was back on the stand yesterday, said that among them were two senior officials from two MHA agencies, and two other officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) identified in court as "Paul" and "Andrew".

The officers from the other agencies, and their agencies, were not named at the request of Mr Ong, who said it was "highly confidential" company information.

The charts were admitted as evidence in court yesterday after Ng's lawyers requested them on Tuesday. They had wanted to use them to gauge the importance of CNB's business to Ms Sue's bottom line, and to find out how well she knew other officials in MHA.

Among other things, the charts listed the people who would approve IT spending, rated them based on how much influence they had in IT procurement matters, and how close they were to Ms Sue. They also contained projections of Oracle's businesses with the various organisations.

Mr Ong said Ms Sue had built up relationships with a number of people from MHA. It was precisely because of this and her experience in handling government accounts that she was hired to head the MHA account at Oracle.

The court also heard that although Oracle had projected some $3.2 million worth of deals with MHA and its agencies for three financial years starting 2012, business with CNB did not feature in its forecast.

Senior Counsel Tan said the information showed that Ms Sue must have been aware that there was no business opportunity in the pipeline with CNB.

But when she took the stand, it emerged that she had actually explored a potential business opportunity with the CNB.

Questioned by Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Ken Hwee, she said she had casually mentioned an Oracle software to Ng over dinner at Keppel Marina last December.

Prior to joining Oracle, Ms Sue had successfully clinched deals, as a sub-vendor, with CNB when she was working for Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).

Yesterday's proceedings revealed details of her link with two contracts awarded by the CNB to NCS and Jardine OneSolution.

In both contracts - the $320,172 storage area network one awarded to NCS in March last year and the $320,619 storage resource management system contract awarded to Jardine OneSolution in November last year - HDS had supplied the relevant hardware and software. Ms Sue got a commission for both deals.

During that period, Ng was already at the bureau, having been appointed CNB director-designate in January last year and director the following month.

But in the agreed statement of facts read out in court on Tuesday, it was stated that in both contracts, Ng had not influenced the evaluation committee or asked his subordinates to favour the companies that won the bids.

Ms Sue said that she had told Ng about closing the deal helmed by Jardine OneSolution.

"I mentioned briefly that I've gotten a good discount for CNB due to the limited budget," she said, but added later she could not recall his reaction to this.

yuenc@sph.com.sg