Search for devices began before tender was out

Nimrod Engineering business development manager Tan Peng Leng (right) and sales manager Lee Yong Chin were witnesses at Day 1 of the trial.

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) opened its tender for 12 radiation portal monitors on April 6, 2011.

It was released on online portal GeBiz, a business centre where suppliers can conduct e-commerce with the Singapore Government.

However, the business development manager of Nimrod Engineering, Mr Tan Peng Leng, told the court on Monday that his then-general manager, Ms Pang Chor Mui, had asked him to look online for such devices in March that year - before the tender was released.

He said he did not feel then that this was an abnormal request.

He added that he had thought it was about the Japan earthquake (which occurred on March 11, 2011), "so in my mind I thought she saw some potential in this product and asked me to look for them".

Mr Tan, the first witness to take the stand yesterday, said he did an online search and found a US-based company, Ludlum, which deals with the product.

Asked by defence lawyer Hamidul Haq if Ms Pang had given him any specifics, such as model and pricing, in her request, he said: "No."

Day 2 trial: Feb 19, 2013
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Day 1 trial: Feb 18, 2013
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Where the alleged offences took place
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