Brompton Bike Saga: Ex-NParks exec was trying to help SME

SINGAPORE: Former National Parks Board (NParks) assistant director, Bernard Lim Yong Soon, was trying to help a “small industry player” by approaching the owner of Bikehop Singapore for the supply of Brompton bicycles.

He said he had done it out of empathy and that all his life, he had a passion to help people.

This emerged during the trial involving the 42-year-old on Wednesday, when the court was shown one of his statements.

In the statement, Lim said he knew that the authorised dealer for Brompton bicycles, Diginexx, was well-known in the market.

But he said that if Bikehop or any other “small outfit” could offer a good price by sourcing a small number of bicycles overseas, he felt they could also do the job.

The statement was recorded by Senior Special Investigator at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), Chew Siu Keong, on 15 November 2012.

Lim is accused of lying to Ministry of National Development (MND) officers who were conducting an internal audit into NParks’ purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles at S$2,200 each.

He is also charged with instigating the owner of bicycle supplier Bikehop, Lawrence Lim Chun How, to perpetuate the lie.

The trial continues.

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