Amidst all the ministers’ and top civil servants’ pay hike, there was someone’s pay that they forgot to look into. In fact this person is the one that oversees all the technical operations in all the libraries in Singapore, yes, he’s the CTO of the National Library Board.

Apparently, he received bribes from another company to recommend their products for awards of contracts. This simple act of corruption is actually one of the easiest to commit because it apparently harms no one in the process – as long as the pricing (of their proposal) has been kept to market standard.

It’s somewhat like you rub my back and I’d rub yours kind of attitude, but in the civil service, this is a big no-no.

Of course, if you ask me, I thought this could have been averted if he was given a pay hike in line with the ministers’ and top civil servants’.

A FORMER chief technical officer of the National Library Board’s (NLB) subsidiary was charged yesterday with 14 counts of corruption involving a total of $102,958.

Lim Seng Ping, 53, was with eLpedia, a subsidiary of NLB, when he allegedly obtained bribes from Mr Chia Chor Yam, the managing director of Knowledge Internet Solutions, through a company called Astersoft, between May 2004 and May 2005.

He is said to have received bribes of between $3,092 and $11,700 in return for recommending eLpedia to award manpower supply contracts to the software development company.

Lim is now working elsewhere.

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau began investigation into the case in mid-2005.

Yesterday, his lawyer, Mr Ravinderpal Singh, asked that the case be adjourned so that he could take instructions from his client and to make representations to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Lim was released on $80,000 bail.

A pre-trial conference will be held on Dec 31.

If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $100,000 or a jail term of up to five years or both on each corruption charge.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 14th December



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