The Straits Times
Published on Nov 01, 2012

Oracle 'didn't hire Sue because of relationships'


The sales manager at the centre of the sex-for-contracts scandal was hired for her familiarity with the Home Affairs Ministry and not her relationships with its officers, a court heard on Wednesday.

Ms Cecilia Sue, 36, was recommended for the job at Oracle Corporation by Mr Koh Hong Eng, one of the IT giant's high-ranking employees. The 46-year-old senior director told the court he met Ms Sue in 2007 while they were working for Sun Microsystems.

Mr Koh said her relations with public officers were not the key consideration when she was hired, adding: "People are secondary, they come and go."

He was testifying on the seventh day of the trial of former Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) chief Ng Boon Gay, who is said to have obtained sex from Ms Sue in return for using his influence to help her further the business interests of her former employers.