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No staffer assisting probe, says ST Engg

It’s also not aware of any ex-employee helping CPIB probe

ST Engineering has denied that any of its unit’s employees are assisting with Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) investigations being carried out on the former chiefs of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

In a statement issued yesterday as a clarification to The New Paper’s (TNP) report, the group said: ‘We wish to clarify that none of ST Electronics’ executives has been called up by the CPIB to assist with investigation referred to in The New Paper’s report.’

TNP had reported yesterday that it ‘understands that an ST Electronics executive is assisting with CPIB’s investigation’.

ST Electronics is the electronics arm of ST Engineering and had been awarded a $34 million deal by the SCDF for a command-and- control system in 2009.

Asked whether any of its former employees are assisting in the investigations, ST Engineering said that it was not aware of any ex-employees being investigated.

On whether any of the deals involving ST Engineering was a matter of interest for the investigations, a spokesman said, ‘We have no privy information as to which project or projects are investigated by the CPIB.’

Previous media reports have mentioned a female executive working for a supplier of IT products and services as the link between the two men being investigated.

Former SCDF chief Peter Lim Sin Pang was arrested on Jan 4 while his counterpart Ng Boon Gay – formerly director of the CNB – was arrested on Dec 19 last year.

Both – currently out on bail – were arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act following allegations of ‘serious personal misconduct’ and have since been replaced at their respective agencies.

In a statement on Wednesday night, Head of Civil Service Peter Ong said: ‘I am sure the news of the investigations must have come as a shock to my fellow public officers.

‘I would urge them to remain steadfast in their duties and committed to the core values of the Public Service which are integrity, service, and excellence, and not let this affect our commitment to serve Singapore and Singaporeans.’

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