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Brompton bikes case: NParks assistant director found guilty

Former National Parks Board assistant director Bernard Lim has been found guilty of one charge but acquitted on a further charge.

SINGAPORE: Former National Parks Board assistant director Bernard Lim Yong Soon was on Thursday (May 29) found guilty of one charge of giving false information to public servants from the Ministry of National Development (MND).

The MND officers were conducting an internal audit into NParks' purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles between June and July 2012.

The 42-year-old Lim, who was overseeing the purchase, had denied being a friend of Mr Lawrence Lim Chun How, the director of BikeHop Singapore, which had won the tender to supply the foldable bicycles at S$2,200 each. 

He told the MND officers that they had met in March 2012 for the first time after the award of the tender, to discuss the delay by BikeHop in the delivery of a batch of bicycles. 

But during the trial, the court heard that the two men already knew each other prior to the meeting.

Bernard Lim was acquitted of the other charge he faced – of instigating Lawrence Lim to give false information to public servants.

He is expected to be sentenced on June 10.

The maximum punishment for providing false information or abetting someone to provide false information is a jail term of one year and a S$5,000 fine.

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