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Ultimatum: Expel Lim or no business from us, says urban farm company to NUS and insurer

Socially-conscious business pushes for universities and corporate bodies to ensure sex offenders are swiftly dismissed.

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An ultimatum from an urban farm company has been issued to the National University of Singapore (NUS) to publicly declare that it will no longer do business with the university if Nicholas Lim — one of the university’s several “peeping Toms” — is not expelled from the institution.

Using powerful statements in the 116-word post, OnHand Agrarian also said that NUS has made “the monumentally stupid decision” of compromising its product and clients by “allowing a criminal” to continue to use its facilities.

OnHand Agrarian had previously taken in NUS students for internships.

A significant part of the post reads:

This isn’t a case of he-said-she-said; The offender has literally admitted to the crime in writing, after voluntarily consuming a legal narcotic.

This is a for-profit entity that’s made the monumentally stupid decision to compromise it’s product and the clients who paid good money for the product, for absolutely no reason, by allowing a criminal to continue to use it’s facilities.

Therefore, Agrarian will suspend all dealings with #NUS until Nicholas Lim is expelled. No talks, no internships, no site visits, no use of our company when you need industry partners to be Co-PIs for government grant submissions.

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OnHand Agrarian then issued another ultimatum to another company operating in Singapore, making the same demand of having the male perpetrator dismissed:

“SAME GOES TO YOU, #GREAT EASTERN.”

According to a late-night update by The Straits Times Singapore on Apr 22, 2019, Lim had started working as a financial representative at insurer Great Eastern Singapore in Aug 2018. Lim had committed the crime in Nov 2018.

In response to growing furore over the case, Great Eastern released a statement on Facebook on Apr 22 to say that Lim “has been placed on immediate suspension and has submitted his resignation”.

Additionally, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung revealed on his Facebook page yesterday that he had told NUS authorities last Friday that the university’s penalties for sexual offences were clearly inadequate: “Two strikes and your out cannot be the standard application. NUS has to make its campus safe for all students, especially female students.”

Meanwhile, NUS announced on its Facebook page yesterday that it will conduct a town hall meeting “this week for NUS students, faculty and staff to gather feedback and concern about sexual misconduct on campus” and that it would review its “two strikes and you’re out” policy.

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