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BLOG: Sex, lies and an IT executive

Zafar Anjum | Jan. 27, 2012
Bizarrely, in a recent corruption case involving the former heads of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Peter Lim Sin Pang and Ng Boon Gay, an angle of sex has been thrown into the mix as reported by the local media, making tongues wag.

The woman apparently left her previous job about the time the CPIB investigations began.

According to Channel News Asia, online forums are abuzz over the identity of this mystery woman, and focus has turned to ST Electronics - a major IT provider to several government agencies. In 2009, it clinched a S$34 million contract from SCDF to build a command and control system.

ST Electronics has now issued a statement clarifying that none of its executives had been called up by the CPIB to help with investigations.

While the investigations are on and until the government agencies decide to make the identity of the woman public, people will keep guessing about the identity of the lady in question.

More than that, to me, the question is what compelled the said IT executive to go to bed with two powerful officers? Was it a compulsion of her job or was it a matter of personal choice? One should keep in mind that two, three years ago when the woman's relationship started with the two men, the economic climate in Singapore and abroad was largely bleak.

What made the woman take this kind of an extreme step-indulging in "horizontal selling" or using intimacy as a lure to win business contracts-is the real thing to wonder about.

The case of this IT executive reminds me of Carolyn (Annette Bening), wife of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) in the Hollywood film, American Beauty (1999). In the film, Carolyn is an ambitious real-estate broker who is sexually frustrated. She starts an affair with a business rival, Buddy Kane (Peter Gallagher). Carolyn's affair takes her from "cold perfectionist" to a more carefree soul who "[sings] happily along with" the music in her car.

No matter what, at this juncture, it would be wrong to judge anybody. We should wait for the final investigation report to reach any conclusions.

Zafar Anjum is the online editor of MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia.



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