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Singapore Ministries to address S$1.8 billion money laundering case ‘comprehensively’ in October Ministerial Statement, says Sun Xueling

The Ministry of Home Affairs, working with other Singaporean ministries, is preparing a thorough response to parliamentary inquiries about the high-profile S$1.8 billion money laundering case.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Sun Xueling said this response will be conveyed through a ministerial statement in October.

MPs from both the ruling and alternative parties have submitted a range of Parliamentary Questions due to the case’s seriousness.

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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

On 18 August, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) disclosed that the 10 foreigners, consisting of nine men and one woman aged between 31 and 44, held Employment (EP) and Dependant Passes (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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Discuss all you want but I think trust has eroded from this gahmen. Their policies of letting all kinds of scoundrel in our nation has led to dire consequences hence the breeding of unwanted types here.

Will they address whether the money was duplicated as in serial number. Where is the money printed if it were? What happen to the money after discovered fraud. As in, destroyed or used for employing talents or free citizens relentless GST? Can citizens submit questions for them to reply? Or Top down again. I tell you the story and you accept the story. Period?!?

Basically, if our garmen can kelong the previous PE (thereby appointed milo-lady), it probably can or had kelong many other things too. 1) “All ten accused held EP and DP…”Recall the garmen said it doesn’t need to disclose the criteria for granting foreigners allowed to work in SG nor the criteria for New Citizens. Seems like any Tom, Dick and Harry with money can get EP, DP, PR or NC. 2) “One of the suspects in the case, Vang Shui Ming, had financed the acquisition of 10 luxury units at CanningHill Piers….” As long such transactions boost up the housing sales/price market,… Read more »

The first and most important line of defence to qualify and check on fugitives and dirty money should be thenmamy resourceful government agencies and banks and not push it to some small men and women in the street, then wash hand hope everything no problem.

The small men and women are accountants, lawyers and property agents, some who are one-man show with limited to no resources

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