Khaw Boon Wan: We considered ‘all input’ before investigating Brompton bikes saga
Posted by temasektimes on September 11, 2012
Though the irregularities in the Brompton bikes tender was first exposed by the New Media, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan insists that the investigations into NParks’ purchase of the bikes were launched only after ‘all inputs’ were considered.
Speaking in parliament on Monday, Mr Khaw said the input by netizens who shared information on the various types of foldable bikes and their price range online was not the ‘key factor’ in referring the case to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).
“Audit Team working with NParks’ management had earlier examined the officer’s Facebook and had noted over 300 Facebook “friends”, among whom was not only the successful bidder but the other bike suppliers as well. What was material to our decision to refer the case to the CPIB investigation were some disclosures by certain parties interviewed by the Audit Team,” Mr Khaw said.
He also urged Singaporeans to observe the due process of the law to allow all facts of the case to be surfaced in due course before passing any judgement.