SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs, in collaboration with other Singaporean ministries, is set to provide a comprehensive response to queries from Members of Parliament regarding the high-profile S$1.8 billion money laundering case.
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Sun Xueling, informed the Parliament on Monday (18 Sept) that this response will be delivered in a ministerial statement scheduled for October.
Given the gravity and magnitude of the recently exposed S$1.8 billion case in August, both Members of Parliament from the ruling party and those representing alternative parties have submitted a range of Parliamentary Questions.
These questions aim to thoroughly examine the matter and seek clarification from the relevant authorities.
In total, there have been at least 32 Parliamentary Questions filed on Monday covering a wide spectrum of issues related to the money laundering case.
Among the topics explored by fellow MPs are the scrutiny of the Singaporean government’s efforts and effectiveness in uncovering money laundering crimes and forgery of documents.
Furthermore, some MPs have raised concerns about the effectiveness of the current practice of suspicious transaction reports (STR) in detecting suspicious property transactions.
They have also sought to scrutinize the protocols for real estate transactions involving foreign nationals, including whether background checks are conducted on foreigners before granting approval for the purchase of landed residential properties.
Assets involved in the high-profile case balloon to S$1.8 billion
On 15 August, 10 suspects were arrested in an islandwide anti-money laundering probe mounted by the police in an operation that has been described by the prosecution as unprecedented in size and scope.
A billion dollars worth of assets were seized – including luxury cars, houses and cash.
The ten accused, including nine men and one woman aged between 31 and 44, have different nationalities but share a common origin in Fujian.
Some of the 10 suspects involved in the scandal had established ties to Singapore prior to 2020, according to local business filings.
On Tuesday (5 Sept), prosecutors revealed to the Singapore High Court that the police have seized control of more than S$1.8 billion (approximately US$1.3 billion) in assets as they continue to investigate a historic money laundering case in the city-state.
All ten accused held EP and DP
Further investigation also revealed that Wang Baosen, one of the accused had orchestrated the establishment of his wife’s company to secure her an employment pass (EP) in the country.
The amassed wealth of these accused individuals has left Singaporeans astonished, prompting questions about the extended duration of their residency in Singapore and their substantial acquisition of local properties with considerable financial resources.
Notably, Kuik Shiao-yin, a Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP), and veteran journalist Bertha Henson have voiced their concerns earlier.
They question how such activities could persist undetected for so long and emphasize the urgency of proactive measures in addition to arrests.
One of the suspects in the case, Vang Shui Ming, had financed the acquisition of 10 luxury units at CanningHill Piers. According to Shin Min Daily News, Vang also purportedly amassed his wealth a decade ago by launching a gambling website in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Su Haijin, a key suspect in the case, reportedly held shares or directorships in multiple companies in Singapore. He recently disclosed in court that he possesses “substantial wealth overseas,” including a property at 38 Oxford Street in London and a yacht in Phuket, Thailand.
Singaporean authorities are also intensifying their scrutiny of the assets and family connections of foreign suspects involved in this high-profile case.
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