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Cablegate: Results of Blue Lantern Check On Application

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DE RUEHGP #1546 2351014
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R 231014Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3827
INFO RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEPINS/HQ BICE INTEL WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS SINGAPORE 001546

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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 APPLICATION
050059290

REF: STATE 112300

1. Per reftel, post conducted a site visit to establish the
bona fides of Reach Resource.

2. Reach Resource is a sole proprietorship that has been
operating in Singapore since September 7, 2006. Singapore's
online business directory, Biznet, lists the company's
principal officer as:

Name: Goh Yong Seng (aka Michael Goh)
Nationality: Singaporean
ID: S1313981D
Address: 324 Tampines Street 32, #10-420, Singapore

3. DHS/ICE databases revealed no negative information about
Reach Resource.

4. Econoff visited the address listed reftel on August 21.
The location appeared to be a suite of offices that had been
converted to a discount liquor store. However, an employee
confirmed that Michael Goh occasionally used the premises for
Reach Resource business. Goh told Econoff via telephone that
he typically worked from home but used the 105 Tampines Road
as a mailing address. Reach Resource did not warehouse any
items at that location, he said.

5. Goh clarified that his company was not a broker. It was
a trading company that sourced items from a variety of
countries for its customers in Singapore. Goh said that
because his customer, the Defense Science and Technology
Agency (DSTA), completed the license application, he was not
aware that Reach Resource had been listed as a broker until
after the fact. In addition to DSTA, Reach Resource also
acted as a procurement agent on behalf of ST Engineering, he
said. (Note: DSTA is a Singapore government statutory board
that manages acquisitions and research and development for
the Ministry of Defense; ST Engineering is a Singapore
government-linked company that handles many of the Singapore
Armed Forces' procurement requests. End note.)

6. Goh subsequently provided Econoff a copy of his company's
authorization to utilize the Ministry of Defense's (MOD)
supplier network and said that he had done business with the
MOD for more than 15 years. (Note: Econoff sent a facsimile
of the authorization to PM/DTTC under separate cover. End
note.) Reach Resource does not have any clients outside of
Singapore, i.e., in countries proscribed under section 126.1
of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Goh said.

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

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