City Harvest leader arrested at sea trying to flee Singapore in sampan, one day before jail term starts

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Former City Harvest Church fund manager Chew Eng Han was arrested this morning for trying to flee the country in a sampan. One of the six church leaders who was convicted of misappropriating S$50 million of church funds, Chew was supposed to turn himself in tomorrow to begin his jail term.

Chew was originally sentenced to six years in jail for criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts in 2015. The High Court slashed his term to three years and four months last April – a decision that prosecutors challenged and the Court of Appeal upheld.

Chew was supposed to start his jail term on Apr last year but was granted a deferment so he could prepare for the apex court trial. Following that trial, which was held earlier this month, Chew asked to defer his sentence once more so he could spend Chinese New Year with his family.

Chew also tried to challenge his convictions on two occasions. Both attempts were unsuccessful.

When three Police Coast Guard boats intercepted the motorised sampan in the sea off Pulau Ubin around 8.47am this morning, Chew and another man who was piloting the sampan reportedly claimed that they were going fishing.

Preliminary police investigations showed, however, that the boat was headed towards Malaysia. The police also found about S$5,000 and fishing equipment on the boat.

The police, who were alerted to the sampan by a tip-off, arrested Chew and his companion, 53-year-old Tan Poh Teck. The pair reportedly did not resist arrest.

Chew is presently held in the police lock-up in Cantonment Complex. He will be charged in court tomorrow morning. If found guilty of leaving Singapore unlawfully, Chew and his friend could be jailed up to six months and fined S$2,000.

Both men may be jailed up to six months and fined S$2,000 if found guilty of leaving Singapore unlawfully.

Chew’s elder brother, 61-year-old Chew Eng Soon, was arrested this afternoon around 3.40pm for abetting the offence. If found guilty, he faces a maximum jail term of two years and/or a fine up to S$6,000.

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61 COMMENTS

    • Yes, it true.

      Once Mathhair went fishing with LKY in the Malaysian water. LKY got a lot of fishes in his finishing line. he was so happy and boost that Singapore water fishes are bigger and more varieties, and invited Mathair to fish in Singapore water.

      In the next few week, LKY and Mathair meet again to fish in Singapore water, near to the Sister island.

      When evening comes, Mathhair complains to LKY why no fishes even though they have spend the whole day fishing ?.

      LKY was speechless and feel then Pai said.

      Then, Mathair finally knows why ??

      Mathair then told LKY, I know what is the reason that there are no fishes. In Singapore even the fishes dare not open its mouth…

    • Another cross over project?
      Poor chewy soul, all partners in crime but never get the chance to live like king in sentosa or spend like queen in LA or dance like a china whor-ine.
      Even trying out fishing in Malaysia is short lived. Can see that he has lot’s of grief from injustice. Blame it on blind trust or blind faith?

  1. He prays to Moses and Moses lent him a mini Noah Art to escape the flooding of PAP. Unfortunately, some fakes angels appear and bring him back to shore, Amen. (16:18)

    Because Moses did not ask permission from God to lent his blind followers the Noah Art. (16;19).

    • I know you are not police , from the way you write. In fact you are not anybody .. if you look at all historical data most people who are depressed, criminals, lawyers, doctors , trespassers will do something one day before their birthday and they will go out to have fun. So long .. as long as SPF just stand up , they don’t have to arrest , the people will surrendered to the jail

  2. I guess once he is caught doing something bad, Jesus (his god) can’t be arsed to help him because he is a bad crook. Wished Jesus is more forgiving to him consider his effort to escape the law in a sampan. I have a feeling Jesus called the cops on him to have him arrested …… just saying.

  3. take it easy guys he is out on bail now and next hearing would be 1st of March .He still has time to decide what he wants to do next ,maybe he has to learn from David Rasiff a fugitive Lawyer who freed Singapore with 20 million dollars and disappeared forever .