Defence: Two other firms had inside info

SINGAPORE - The open tender put up by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to purchase radiation monitors drew bids from two firms linked to its former chief, Peter Lim Sin Pang.

On Day Three of Lim's sex-for-contracts trial yesterday, it was revealed that five bidders took part in the open tender on April 6, 2011.

They included security solutions firm Nimrod Engineering, and technology company Singapore Radiation Centre.

Lim, 52, is facing one charge for obtaining oral sex from Nimrod's former general manager, Ms Pang Chor Mui, in a carpark at Stadium Walk in exchange for advancing the business interests of Nimrod.

Nine other charges against Lim have been stood down pending this trial, with two linked to Ms Lee Wei Hoon, the director of Singapore Radiation Centre.

The other seven are linked to Ms Esther Goh, the business-development director of information technology firm NCS.

Yesterday, the prosecution's fourth witness, Colonel Lian Wee Teck, director of SCDF's Central Enforcement Department and formerly director of the hazardous- materials department, said he had recommended Lim to have a closed tender with its existing vendor, Secom, to purchase more radiation monitors.

This was after a site visit to Changi Airport with Lim and several directors on March 17, 2011, when they discussed a need for such monitors to screen passengers after the Fukushima disaster in Japan days earlier. SCDF had 14 monitors, but only six were working.

Col Lian said he felt it was necessary to have a closed tender to save time, and was confident that Secom could deliver the equipment.

However, Lim told him to proceed with an open tender around March 31 instead.

Col Lian said he was not surprised, as he assumed that Lim gave those instructions as "the threat didn't seem so significant" and the urgency of getting an additional three monitors was not as intense as what it used to be.

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