Prosecution points to coincidence

SINGAPORE - Prosecutors in the Peter Lim Sin Pang trial on Tuesday zeroed in on what appeared to be a remarkable coincidence.

At the same time as his agency was looking into screening passengers at Changi Airport for radiation, his one-time lover's firm was busy sourcing for the relevant equipment.

This helped it to put in an 11th-hour bid for the $400,000 contract to provide walk-through scanners to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

On Tuesday, the prosecution claimed this was evidence that the former SCDF chief - who is accused of corruption - had tipped off Ms Pang Chor Mui about the tender in advance, in return for a sexual favour.

But the defence has said the pair, both of whom are married, were merely close friends whose flirting escalated into a one-off sexual encounter in a Stadium Walk carpark in 2010.

The court heard that the SCDF was asked to set up radiation detectors to screen passengers at Changi in March the following year, in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown.

At around the same time, Ms Pang asked an employee of her firm, Nimrod Engineering, to source for suppliers for the equipment. Then, when the SCDF called for a tender, the company put in its bid an hour before the deadline. The prosecution sought to show that this apparent mad scramble occurred because Lim, 52, had told Ms Pang about the tender at the last minute.

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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