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Ex-CNB chief Ng Boon Gay retired from public service

The Straits Times | Walter Sim | Saturday, Feb 1, 2014

Ng Boon Gay and his wife, Madam Yap Yen Yen.

SINGAPORE - Mr Ng Boon Gay, the former anti-drug agency chief acquitted of corruption charges last year, has been retired from public service with effect from Wednesday.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) made the decision "in the public interest", a Home Affairs Ministry spokesman told The Straits Times.

It followed the end of civil service disciplinary proceedings, which could also have resulted in dismissal or demotion.

Mr Ng, 47, had faced four counts of obtaining sexual gratification from Ms Cecilia Sue, 36, in exchange for furthering the business interests of her then employers. The high-profile trial began in September 2012 and was marked by sordid revelations of his extramarital dalliance with Ms Sue, a married mother of one.

District Judge Siva Shanmugam found that Mr Ng had "no ulterior motive" in the trysts, which were part of an intimate relationship.

The PSC scholarship recipient enjoyed an illustrious career, joining the police force in 1991. He rose through the ranks, becoming head of the Criminal Investigation Department in 2008.

He left the force to helm the Central Narcotics Bureau in February 2011.

In a statement last night, Mr Ng indicated he was ready to move on.

"In a way I am glad there is finally closure and I can move to the next stage of my life," he said.

"The past two years have been the most difficult period for me, but through this I have learnt the true value of friendship. There were times when I felt like giving up but my wife's unwavering support pulled me through."

waltsim@sph.com.sg


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