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Cablegate: Results of Blue Lantern Check On License 05-1013178

VZCZCXYZ0006
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHGP #1658 2500406
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 070406Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3944
INFO RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEPINS/HQ BICE INTEL WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS SINGAPORE 001658

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM/DTTC BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC ETRD ECON KOMC SN
SUBJECT: RESULTS OF BLUE LANTERN CHECK ON LICENSE 05-1013178

REF: STATE 108510

1. Per reftel, post conducted a site visit and contacted the
Singapore Ministry of Defense (MOD) to establish the bona
fides of Powell Technologies.

2. Powell Technologies is a limited exempt private company
that has been operating in Singapore since September 16,
2004. Singapore's online business directory, Biznet, lists
the company's principal officers as:

Name: Chia Chee Kiong (aka Ted Chia)
Nationality: Singaporean
ID: S0009133B
Address: 92 Chwee Chian Road, Singapore

Name: Yeo Ek Joo
Nationality: Singaporean
ID: S1165528I
Address: 92 Chwee Chian Road, Singapore

3. DHS/ICE databases revealed no negative information about
Powell Technologies.

4. Econoff visited the address listed reftel on September 6.
The location was a residence, and the occupants were not at
home. During a subsequent phone conversation, Powell
Technologies' owner, Ted Chia, confirmed that he worked out
of his residence. The company's only customers were the MOD
and ST Aerospace, he said. (Note: ST Aerospace is a
division of ST Electronics, a Singapore government-linked
company that handles many of the Singapore Armed Forces'
procurement contracts. End note.) Chia told us that he had
been working with munitions list items for approximately ten
years and was familiar with USML restrictions. A MOD
representative confirmed that it had ordered the spare parts
listed reftel through Powell Technologies.

Visit Embassy Singapore's Classified website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/singapore/ind ex.cfm
HERBOLD

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