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Singapore’s Chief Justice
From the book:
In 1989 Yong Pung How, then chairman of Singapore’s largest bank, the Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation, was approached by his crony, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who asked him to become Singapore’s Chief Justice.
Lee Kuan Yew alone appointed Singapore’s Judges, no advice nor consent was needed from the Singapore Government.
In Lee Kuan Yew’s own words concerning his appointment of Yong Pung How, “If he agreed, he would first have to be a Supreme Court judge for a year, to get himself back into the law before he took up the appointment as chief justice.”
Yong Pung How did agree, and after a year of on-the-bench training as a judge, became Chief Justice on September 28, 1990.
69 Holland Road
(recently torn down, and the site for the aparment compex known as Holland Mews.
The Scam of 69 Holland Road
Fomer Singapore Cabinet Minister Yeo Cheow Tong (who was fired from the job)
with wife, and book burner, Helen Yeo
Although in the midst of divorce and impending bankruptcy, Jackie Lee set out to sell his multi-million dollar 67 & 69 Holland Road houses to Goldplus (incorporated by Helen Yeo's firm, by her own admission) keep the assets from his wife, Mabel Lee. Her lawyer, J. S. Yeh, strangely, did nothing to stop the sale. Jackie Lee who sold his house on 69 Holland Road to Goldplus disappeared mysterously, only to return seven years later. Not even the Singapore Police could find him. Turns out, he was in Malaysia.
In July of 2002, apparently upset at her firm’s involvement in the chapter entitled, The Scam of 69 Holland Road, Helen made an attack on Kinokuniya Books in Singapore to get them to stop selling our book by threatening a lawsuit. Of course Kinokuniya complied, after all, Helen's husband was then a Cabinet Minister (and has since been fired).
Helen's threats caused other Singapore bookstores have stopped selling our book. Escape from Paradise was doing so well in Singapore's National Library with 25 copies which had to be reserved in advance. Now our book has been "withdrawn from circulation as it did not meet all the Library's criteria." Aside from defaming and damaging us, Helen Yeo has compromised her reputation as a lawyer and officer of the court, and destroyed her husband's career. She is a disgrace to Singapore, and we are exposing her.
To date, she has lost her law firm, HelenYeo & Partners through a "merger" with Rodyk & Davidson, and subsequently lost her joint venture partnership with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Later, under fire from website www.yeocheowtong.com, her husband, Cabinet Minister Yeo Cheow Tong, was forced to resign.
Now, Helen Yeo is no longer Managing Partner of Rodyk & Davidson.
The book's only reference to Helen Yeo is given below:
My father went to the law firm of Helen Yeo & Partners to see what he could do. Helen Yeo was well connected. She was married to squeaky-clean Yeo Cheow Tong, then Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, and now Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
My father made the right choice in Helen Yeo.
A shell game was set up to transfer the properties out of my father’s hands and away from my mother as quickly as possible.
The Holland Road properties would be “sold” to a newly formed corporation, Goldplus Investments Pte Ltd, conveniently owned by two junior lawyers in Helen Yeo’s employ, Alvin Chia and Janet Tan.
Goldplus was what Singapore calls a “two-dollar corporation,” meaning that it was set up with two shares of stock, costing one dollar each. Alvin and Janet owned one share each, two dollars in total.
On April 3, 1995, 69 Holland Road was transferred to Goldplus for S$4,800,000, and 67 Holland Road for S$5,020,000, a grand total of S$9,820,000 (US$6,700,000)at least for the record.
Pretty good! They acquired the 67 and 69 Holland Road houses for two bucks.
Why Yeh never blocked my father’s sale of the Holland Road properties, I do not know.
I added Yeh to my Hall of Fame of Singapore Lawyers, which also included Dennis Singham, Ann Tan, and Helen Yeo.
Did I overlook the junior lawyers Koh Tien Hua, Janet Tan, and Alvin Chia? No, they were in my Hall of Stooges.
Singapore’s divorce and family law has been given the title of “Woman’s Charter,” which rings of compassion, but is, in reality, a cruel hoax.
From the book:
At home, I looked at the “Women’s Charter.” By its title, it sounded very good, as do most things in Singapore, but the very first line of the “Women’s Charter” reads: “brothel” means any place occupied or used by any 2 or more women or girls whether at the same time or at different times for the purpose of prostitution.”
That incredible and insulting one-liner, kicking off the Singapore Women’s Charter with the word “brothel,” was telling. It was my introduction to Singapore’s strong legal bias against women.
Singapore's "Women's Charter"
Ann Tan aka Anamah Tan
May Chu’s 1st Divorce Lawyer
Aspiring dowager matron Ann Tan considers herself to be an activist for women's rights, and is an avid joiner of women's organizations. Consequently, she became May Chu's chosen divorce lawyer.
Instead of proceeding to file for divorce, Ann Tan took the side of May Chu's husband, insisting that May Chu sign his Income Tax Return and the audited statements of his company, Zhongli, or “be prosecuted.”
From the book:
I explained patiently to Catherine that Hin Chew regularly brought large amounts of cash into Singapore, which were undeclared and, perhaps, taxable. I pointed out to her that his lifestyle was completely out of line with the S$96,000 that he declared on the Singapore tax return. How could I possibly sign?
“Well, then can you sign the Zhongli audited statement?” Catherine asked.
I answered, “Is a company director, in Singapore, legally bound to sign an audited statement while being denied access to all company records, and even to the office. Absolutely not! Catherine, I have studied enough company law to know better.”
The next day, March 22, 1994, Ann Tan, herself, materialized, but in the form of a letter, sent by fax.
Her letter advised, “If you do not sign the accounts as one of the directors, you would be prosecuted under the Companies Act of the Registrar of Companies. We would therefore urge you to reconsider your decision.”
Ann Tan’s words, “you would be prosecuted,” were as inappropriate to me, her client, as they were incorrect legally.
May Chu’s 2nd DivorceLawyer
From the book:
I moved a step closer to Tien Hua, “And why in the fuck did Dennis Singham disappear from the scene? Is this case too hot for Dennis to handle?”
I didn’t know then, but that very day, Dennis was off in the Kuala Lumpur Shangri-La Hotel screwing, literally fucking, another one of his clients, a lady named Angelashe too was using Dennis for her divorce.
Eventually, Dennis Singham was brought to trial and suspended from practice, not for abandoning May Chu, but for screwing the “lady named Angela.”
Choo Han Teck
Expert on Oral Sex
Choo Han Teck
In ruling on May Chu's divorce, the inexperienced (or dishonest?) Choo failed to enforce any of the court orders requiring May Chu's ex-husband to reveal his financial assets.
From the book:
The Straits Times had interviewed no less than six learned Singapore lawyers, all experts on the subject of oral sexat least from a legal point of viewwho concurred that this particular offender had been extremely lucky to have received so lenient a sentence from Choo Han Teck.
According to Section 377 of the Singapore Penal Code, oral sex can “be punished with imprisonment for life,” plus a fine.
Who says Singapore Judges are strict? Why, if he wanted to, Choo Han Teck could have put the blowee away for life, and fined him, to boot.
That such a crime could be discussed seriously on the pages of The Straits Times, says a lot about the quality of the Singapore judicial system.