In squeaky clean Singapore, one seldom comes across cases of high profile corruption. Singapore has the reputation of being a corruption-free country.
Bizarrely, in a recent corruption case involving the former heads of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Peter Lim Sin Pang and Ng Boon Gay, an angle of sex has been thrown into the mix as reported by the local media, making tongues wag.
Ng and Lim-both former government scholarship recipients, who together served more than 40 years in the uniformed services-were arrested separately in December last year and January this year under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Both are out on bail now and are helping the anti-corruption bureau into the investigations. Both came under the government radar following allegations of 'serious personal misconduct', according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) statement.
It is during these investigations that the role of a woman IT executive has come into the picture.
According to The Straits Times, "a married IT executive" is believed to have had sex with these two top-ranking public officers.
The woman in this case is said to be 36 years old, married to a businessman. She has been "described by friends and contacts as tall, slim, long-haired and vivacious".
According to the paper, the said woman is assisting the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in the cases involving the two officers.
The paper provided the following details on the graft case: "In the investigations concerning Ng, it is believed that he signed two IT-related procurement contracts through the normal processes of multiple levels of checks and the normal basis for awarding such tenders: the lowest quote available. The woman's previous firm was a subcontractor to two other companies which were awarded these contracts and it is believed the name of the Japanese subcontractor would not have been stated in the tender documents when Ng approved them. It is believed that the amounts involved in the two contracts totalled around $350,000 (US$278,000)."
The case surrounding the SCDF chief is also believed to involve the tender and procurement of IT-related products.
It is understood that the two men had been unaware that the IT executive had been intimate with both of them. Both officers are married.
Ever since the sex angle came out in the media, online gossip mills are busy decoding the identity of the woman.
According to media reports, she is said to be an employee of an American multinational software company which she joined about six months ago. "She was previously a sales director at a Japanese multinational company and it is understood the probe is related to her time at this firm, which provides IT storage solutions for businesses and organisations," reported The Straits Times.
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