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Civil servant questioned by authorities after buying 4 boxes of pineapple tarts from supermarket

Posted on 21 February 2014

Late night grocery shopping turns into three-hour long ordeal.


A civil servant was picked up and questioned by the authorities after he was spotted going to Nex shopping mall’s 24-hour FairPrice supermarket to pick up four boxes of pineapple tarts.

In a bid to curb corruption and misappropriation, the authorities have declared today that all civil servants must declare for whom they are buying pineapple tarts for.

This comes on the heels of the news that a former civil servant, Lim Cheng Hoe, 61, the former head of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was sentenced to 15 months in jail for pretending to buy pineapple tarts as gifts for dignitaries.

Huang Li Ta, the civil servant who was questioned, said he was stopped from leaving the supermarket after making payment for his pineapple tarts and questioned: “I had a craving for pineapple tarts late at night so I just bought four boxes that I thought would last me through this weekend.”

“I wasn’t aware I had to declare beforehand my intention to buy pineapple tarts because of the new ruling. And to prove that these pineapple tarts were for my own consumption, I had to eat all four boxes on the spot and sign a declaration stating that the tarts went into my stomach only and no one else’s.”

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