Yang Yin's PR revoked: 3 other high profile cases where PR status was revoked

Former China tour guide Yang Yin leaving the Police Cantonment Complex alone on 18 September 2014.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Permanent residency (PR) in Singapore can be rescinded at any time should persons holding the status be found a security threat or have criminal records.

The case of former tour guide Yang Yin, who was found guilty of misappropriating $1.1 million from a Singaporean widow, has thrust the strict guidelines of PR eligibility into the limelight.

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The Straits Times reported on Friday (Feb 17) that Yang's PR status was revoked in November last year.

Here's a look at three other cases that made the headlines:

1. Hartawan Aluwi

Former Indonesian banker Hartawan Aluwi Photo: Video screengrab

Indonesian banker Hartawan Aluwi had his PR status revoked in Feb last year after he was arrested for fraud.

Hartawan had fled Indonesia after he was listed as a suspect for allegedly misusing the government's money amounting to $685.5 million. He, along with several others, had wanted to bail out the now-defunct Bank Century during the 2008 global financial crisis.

Minister K Shanmugam had considered Hartawan to be "an undesirable immigrant ... due to his involvement in fraudulent investment schemes and money laundering activities", the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

On April 21, 2016, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) took Hartawan into custody after the authority "declared his presence in Singapore to be unlawful."

2. Tey Tsun Hang

Former law professor Tey Tsun Hang was accused of obtaining sex and gifts in return for giving out good grades .Photo: The Straits Times

Former law professor Tey Tsun Hang was embroiled in a high-profile sex-for-benefits case with a student in 2013.

He was accused of obtaining sex and gifts in return for giving out good grades. Tey has since been cleared of corruption after serving a 5-months sentence.

The Malaysian had been a PR since 1998, but had failed in his bid to renew it as he had left the country without a re-entry permit.

The court noted that Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers did remind Tey of such a consequence, but the latter had still failed to apply for an extension despite agreeing to do so.

Tey's PR status was revoked in 2014.

3. Ryan Goh Yew Hock

Photo: Lianhe Zaobao

In 2004, former Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilot Ryan Goh Yew Hock was singled out as the instigator behind the ouster of the executive committee of the Air Line Pilots Association-Singapore (Alpa-S).

Although Goh had reportedly crafted a petition to oust the then union leader Captain Dilip Padbidri and other council members, he did not sign it himself.

The Malaysian citizen was also found to have obtained permanent residency in Australia in 2002. He had relocated his family to Perth in 2003.

In view of these developments, Mr Lee Kuan Yew said in a statement to the media in 2004 that Goh had used his Singapore permanent residency status to obtain the benefits of a job, HDB housing and union Exco membership.

However, Mr Lee added: "That did not restrain him from surreptitiously initiating actions that would undermine industrial peace in SIA and also put Singapore's economic interests at risk."

Goh was a PR since 1981, a status which was later revoked in 2004.

debwong@sph.com.sg

Ex-tour guide Yang Yin jailed 6 years

  • Hedy Mok talks to the media outside of State Court.
  • Hedy Mok with Madam Chung Khin Chun walks out of court with their friends and supporters.
  • Hedy Mok with Madam Chung Khin Chun walks out of court with their friends and supporters.
  • Supporters and friends of Madam Chung.
  • Supporters and friends of Madam Chung.
  • Former China tour guide Yang Yin leaving the Police Cantonment Complex alone on 18 September 2014. He was released on bail after being questioned overnight by the police for suspected criminal breach of trust. He is in a legal tussle with a niece of widow Chung Khin Chun, 87, over control of her $40 million assets. He claimed that Madam Chung gave him full control of her welfare and assets so that he could look after her without questions being raised.
  • Yang Yin, is accused for misappropriating $1.1million from an elderly window Madam Chung Khin Chun, 89 year-old. He had in May this year pleaded guilty to 120 other charges which involve falsification of receipts to make it appear that a business he set up was real and offences involving his permanent residency.
  • Yang Yin who was convicted 26 months’ imprisonment on 29/9/2016.
  • Madam Chung Khin Chun, with her niece Hedy Mok arriving at the State Courts on 9 September 2016 for the trial of former China tour guide Yang Yin, who is charged for allegedly duping the authorities into granting him permanent residency. Yang was standing trial for 347 charges related to immigration offences and falsification of receipts.
  • Madam Chung Khin Chun and her niece Hedy Mok, arriving at the State Court
  • Madam Hedy Mok and her aunt Madam Chung Khin Chun.
  • Yang Yin, is accused for misappropriating $1.1million from an elderly window Madam Chung Khin Chun, 89 year-old. He had in May this year pleaded guilty to 120 other charges which involve falsification of receipts to make it appear that a business he set up was real and offences involving his permanent residency.
  • Madam Chung Khin Chun and Hedy Mok, arrving at the State Courts.
  • Picture of Hedy Mok, arriving at the State Courts

 

 

 

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