Friday, August 30, 2013

Brompton Case Closed

Something to smile about
It was blatantly obvious that assistant director of the National Parks Board (NParks) Bernard Lim had colluded with his pal BikeHop director Lawrence Lim in the acquisition of $2,200 Brompton foldable bikes for inspecting trees. Investigative efforts by netizens provided the damning proof: timing of bid, duration of bid, specifications written around the desired product. That similarly functional foldable bikes were available at prices as low as $128 imply public funds were misused and abused.

Minister of National Development (MND) Khaw Book Wan initially defended the purchase of the bikes by claiming they were good value for money. Same reasoning he offered for buying Herman Miller chairs when he was at the Health Ministry. Any guy paid more than a million smackeroos a year tends to think like that. When public disgust cascaded, Khaw tasked an audit team from his MND to work with NParks to review the controversial purchase. MND passed the case to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau CPIB) in July 2012. Then in March 2013, DPM Teo Chee Hean, in response to query by member of parliament Lina Chiam, revealed that CPIB had completed its investigation and the case was with the public prosecutor “for assessment and determination of whether there is any offence disclosed”.

This month in August, CPIB charged Lim with knowingly given false information to a public servant, lying about his personal relationship with Lawrence Lim, for which the NParks director can be jailed up to a year and fined $5,000. No need to wait till 27 September 2013, when the case will be up for mention, the punishment will be another slap on the wrist.

The system cannot be faulted, the minister cannot be embarrassed for his error in judgement. The inquiry into the death of Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah was abbreviated by the sacrificial offering of scape goat Deputy Superintendent Lim Kwo Yin, charged and fined $10,000. The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has rejected the request by family members to re-open an inquest into the circumstances of the loss of life at Changi Prison. The Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) is to move on.

46 comments:

  1. Why this Bernard Lim isn't charged for corruption? If they can sentence prof Tey without evidence of giving better grades, why can't they sentence Bernard Lim even without evidence of bribery? This smacks of double standard and hypocrisy.

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    1. Did he buy brompton for his own personal use?
      More like a misuse of public funds.

      Tey at least got his sexual gratifications.

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    2. Corruption is not just about physical gain, it can be also about spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal. Government, or 'political', corruption occurs when an office-holder or other governmental employee acts in an official capacity for his or her own personal advancement - or hide his or her failings to protect the status quo. Factors which encourage systemic corruption include conflicting incentives, discretionary powers, monopolistic powers, lack of transparency and a culture of impunity. All of these we have seen in the present government with examples like AIM, YOG over budget, public housing pricing, CPF ponzi scheme, exorbitant ministerial salaries, arbitrary promotions, etc, etc. The list is long, but not forgotten.

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    3. "Did he buy brompton for his own personal use? "

      Don't be stupid. Why did he need to buy the bicycle for his own use when he can use the extraordinary cash arise from the conflict of interest deal to buy whatever he wants ?

      Do have some critical and independent thinking , please !

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    4. @ Anonymous 8/30/2013 3:50 PM

      When a government leader fails his moral and ethical principles, he is morally corrupt. And this can filter down the chain into a systemic corruption with real physical gain and moral/sexual degradation. In other words, the whole system becomes rotten from top to bottom. I'll buy that.

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    5. Agreed with 12.56. The buck has to stop somewhere. If corruption, a whole string of people will be implicated and the Khaw have to explain. Remember the AGC can pick and choose what and who to prosecute. Pick one for neat and easy to shut us whiners.

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    6. Look at this guy's eyes, you can blindfold him with dental floss. Gotta love them.

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  2. Shane's mother : I have all the evidence but where are the facts?

    Dinesh's mother : I have all the facts but where are the evidence?

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    1. Hmmm, I didn't know that public prosecutor means prosecuting the Singapore public and protecting the government's reputation.

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    2. Whatever the facts or evidence, all I see is ang moh tua ki. The public wants the truth. Let her have the Coroner Inquiry.

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  3. //The system cannot be faulted, the minister cannot be embarrassed for his error in judgement... Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) is to move on.//

    Ain't that the mother-effing truth.

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  4. It's more than saving the ministers' faces, it's also a way to show the sheeple - "I can get away with it, even when I flout the law - you on the other hand...".

    It has the same revolting (just look at the smug face of Lim on the photo - he reminds me of a man with a muntain behind him, serene, confident, like a mafia boss with politicians under his payroll) effect on the populace as the way the son of the PLA "singer" denied charges of rape even when his accomplices have singled him out as the mastermind and the victim has identified him as perpetrator.

    "L'etat, c'est moi" - Loius XIV, The Sun King of France.

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  5. Recall last time Mr Woffles Wu provided false information, he got a $1000 slap. In constrast to case where UK MP Chris Huhne who was caught lying and getting his wife to take penalty, he was charged for perverting the course of justice by dodging a speeding penalty 10 years. For that , he was jailed 8 weeks.

    This one, will likely get an easy ride, at most no more than $3000 fine as reported..something he can smile about.


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    1. Similar case involving the boss of Lian Beng. This one got PBM.

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  6. He was charged for lying to auditors. Under what act was he charged? CPIB Act, penal code or Auditor's Act? The news report did not clarify. Lying to the auditors do not carry as much weight as lying to police or CPIB officer investigating the case.Probably will get away with light sentence and a parallel transfer

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  7. is he also jus a pawn for sacrificing offering,..no?

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    1. Referee Kayu. Kelong Kelong

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    2. Prawns smell when they go off. In fact they stink.

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  8. Dinesh's death. Am not interested to use him as cause celebre, but at least have the decency to give the family a closure.

    Took bloody 3 years to investigate this compleeeeex case, claim to be sooooo thorough...yet no open trial, not a single witness to testify, no cctv footage to show and the whole case was based on their word - unprovoked attack and asphyxiation, case closed!!

    Bottom life - His life is only worth $10,000.

    If I were his mother, I would be pissed too.
    If I were the ghost of Dinesh, I will come back and haunt the Man/Minister in charge.

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    1. I would have thought a coroner's inquest is compulsory when the death is not a natural one ?

      And the AGC is now trying to tell us it is otherwise ? No wonder it made so many people suspicious that they have something to hide ?

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  9. Well, we can trust the CPIB not to be able to do a very through job in less than a year. They themselves were clueless when one of their own was helping himself to our money, for four years, no ?

    The AGC with so many changes at the top, ever so often these past few years must have their Deputies wondering what is going on. Good and bad. So far, in my opinion, nothing good or glamorous to shout about in terms of prosecution or interpretation of our Laws and Constitution,

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  10. Sigh ... what can I say? except

    fuck lee hsien loong and his bunch of running dogs and bitches

    will the 60.1% EVER WAKE UP from their stupor?

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    1. Waking up not allowed leh. Police catch.

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  11. oops .... thot policemen alway kooning in their patrol cars in multi-storey carparks(from internet photos .. )

    fuck lee hsien loong and his bunch of running dogs and bitches

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    1. Copulation allowed, but only between members of opposite sex. Otherwise police can catch.

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    2. Admirable it may be, your desire to make love to the esteemed leader can't happen, because boy and boy dancing not allowed in this dance hall. Sorry.

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  12. Actually hor.
    According to my PAP friends.
    Meritocracy is not about the best available talents to be gahment.
    Singapore's meritocracy is all about the best "acceptable" talent to be gahment.

    Is Tin Pei Ling the best available or best acceptable talent to be MP?
    You tell me lah?

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    1. I like sar hor fun from Stinkapoor.

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    2. maybe she h00k like a virgin to papies honcho ... see her, alreadi mari-kita

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    3. Pap friend. Nice. Is that why doctors recommend women to have regular pap smear tests?

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    4. Papa Don't Preach - Madonna 1986. Best song in the known universe.

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    5. haha well put.... what is acceptable? YES YES YES....

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    6. A big fat pay cheque. That's acceptable, no? Hurry up with the six point nine (plus or minus zero point one) million tax payers.

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  13. @Anonymous8/31/2013 6:30 PM

    so that they can smell chee by FOC

    and even get paid

    by the way ..... how much was the soil scientist paid serving his ns liability? free KFC fried chicken???

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    1. No free smell in this island. There's a levy for smells somewhere. Penalties for late payment apply.

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    2. Actually hor.
      According to my PAP friends.
      When you hire maid to look after your baby.
      Or hire maid to look after your elderly parents.
      The maid levy is actually a tax on having babies.
      Or a tax on filial piety.

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    3. Actually hor.
      According to my PAP friends.
      When you pay for your parents' hospital and medical bills.
      You also have to pay another filial piety tax.
      But they wisely call it GST instead.

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  14. GST is that Go Suck Testicles?

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  15. The morale of this incident proved that it pay to be religious plus blind faith.

    Pray to con hee, heap him with money... hundreds fold return in due course. Dun play play, even his mighty god had to apologise to him.

    Pray to con yew, he even greater ... proclaimed himself as god....... his faithful followers are protected by his mighty aura. So strong that they are protected.

    I so lucky too, i have god by my side .... love me so much, love licking me my dog.

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    1. Classic Singlish. I like belly muck.

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    2. tits wan u like or not ...

      long live kuan yew ... outlive hsien loong

      fuck papies ... cUms in white

      okee ... time change, sometime in pinkie

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  16. Actually hor.
    According to my PAP friends.
    When PAP gahmen make it compulsory for children to look after their parents.
    The PAP gahmen save a lot of money.
    No need to build so many old folks home.
    Since the children now have to keep their old parents at home inside the small HDB flat

    Plus children also have to pay the filial piety tax (I mean maid levy) when they have to hire a maid to look after the old parents at home.

    So gahmen not only save money.
    No need to build old folks home.
    But also make more money from the maid levy.
    Like that so talented.
    You tell me they deserve million dollar salary or not.

    Also, Singaporean children now become less competitive compared with foreign talent.
    Have to work and also look after old parents.
    This is in addition to national service.
    No wonder so easy for foreign talents to compete with Singaporeans in Singapore.
    No wonder so many employers prefer foreign talent.
    No wonder 6.9 million population so easy to justify in parliament.

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  17. Timing of bid, duration of bid and writing specifications around desired product happens ALL the time, pretty much. Or used to.
    Hang this guy for that and you will have a lot of people swinging from a noose.
    That's why he was only nabbed for lying. They will pretty much say the tender conformed to rules.

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  18. I want to laugh but I can't as it is at my expense....

    Why...the judge fine him...the judge is on whose pay roll? The people of Singapore or ???

    Best part of the joke...this chap in the end is using public funds paid to him as a "salary" to pay the "fine"...and whose actual money is that...best part the money goes to the gov't and in the following month..this guy will get it back...

    LOL at all these jokers...zzzzz

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    1. is this the reason why singapore is a corruption-free cuntry???

      when papies say a piece of black-coloured paper is white .... it must be white?

      fuck lee hsien loong n his dogs n bitches

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  19. Is this what Lee Hsieng Loong defined as "integrity" of PAP? How come Vivian Balakrishnan never stand up to strongly wayang about him and his PAP colleagues being above board in this saga or is he still busy checking the bedok hawker saga in order to dig bone out of porridge under PM instruction? Gosh!

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