MND refers controversial purchase of Brompton bicycles to CPIB
Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012
Following a public outcry from Singaporeans, the Ministry of National Development (MND) has finally referred the controversial purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).
NParks’ decision to buy the foldable bikes has come under intense public scrutiny with some criticizing the wastage of public funds as cheaper bicycles could have been bought.
Furthermore, the tender was called during the Lunar New Year period, when many businesses were closed.
Though National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan initially justified the purchase of the bicycles, he eventually ordered an internal audit into the procurement process which eventually discovered significant ‘discrepancies’ warranting further investigations.
An NParks officer, Bernard Lim, the assistant director of the Park Connector Network has been suspended from work.