PR status of ex-tour guide under probe

PR status of ex-tour guide under probe
Mr Yang Yin (left), a former tour guide, loads his items from the house at 2F Gerald Crescent into van on 10 September 2014.

SINGAPORE- The immigration authorities are looking into the permanent residency (PR) of Chinese national Yang Yin after questions were raised about how he had obtained it.

Mr Yang, a former tour guide, first came to Singapore to work in 2009 on an Employment Pass.

He was hired by Young Music and Dance Studio, a firm he set up with Madam Chung Khin Chun in March 2009.

The 40-year-old has been accused of taking advantage of Madam Chung, an elderly widow, to get access to her assets, which include a $30 million bungalow in Gerald Crescent.

It is unclear when Mr Yang became a permanent resident, but it is believed to be after 2011.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) declined to give details of his PR, citing confidentiality.

But a spokesman told The Straits Times yesterday: "The ICA is aware of media reports on the case and is looking into the matter."

The spokesman said PR applications are decided by factors including qualifications, income and length of stay in Singapore.

But he warned: "Individuals who provide false information in their application for immigration facilities will be dealt with firmly under the law.

" In addition, they will have their immigration facilities cancelled or revoked."

Those convicted of offences also risk losing their PR, the spokesman added.

Besides the ICA probe, Mr Yang also faces a police investigation.

The police confirmed that a report has been made against Mr Yang by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry for falsely claiming to be the association's director.

Meanwhile, Mr Yang made his first public appearance yesterday afternoon at the Gerald Crescent bungalow.

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