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Father went missing 23 years ago but CPF Board continues deducting MediShield premiums from his account

Ms Wu says her father has been missing for 23 years and he was last seen at the Singapore Island Country Club

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Facebook user Yukimi Wu has revealed that the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board continues deducting funds from her father’s CPF account to service his MediShield premiums, even though her father went missing 23 years ago.

Sharing a photo of the police report her family filed 23 years ago, declaring her father missing, Ms Wu wrote: “Today has marked the 23 years of my dad who went missing in 1996. Exactly 23 years! Accordingly to his friends, last seen was at Singapore Island Country Club.

“We suspected (sic) he has been murdered but his body hasn’t been found. There is no proper burial for him. We assumed (sic) he is still alive!

“Every year, CPF Board still deduct money from his account for MediShield, there is no way to stop it as we didn’t have his Death Cert yet. In the records, he still alive!”

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In the comments section of her post, Ms Wu shared that her family used to live at a kampong in Bukit Brown under Cheng San GRC and that her father had been working as a caddy at Singapore Island Country Club.

Ten years ago, about 13 years since her father went missing, Ms Wu’s family shared about their father’s disappearance to the press and television channels but did not receive any new information about her father.

Ms Wu revealed: “During that time, we have (sic) seek MP for help. The MP has referred us to his lawyer friends but was charging us $3000 plus and to get a death certificate from High Court needs around $6K. After that we didn’t do it due to the money.”

When netizens asked her if she applied for legal aid, Ms Wu responded that she was not eligible to do so since she and her mother were both working at the time and did not meet the income cap for legal aid.

Ms Wu added that she was afraid of high legal costs when netizens advised her to take further action.

Some netizens advised her to apply for a death certificate for her father after making a new police report referring to the previous report, since the case might not be closed by the police.

Ms Wu expressed her concern that her mother might be forced out of her HDB flat if she applies for a death certificate for her father since the flat is in both her parents’ names.

Netizens advised Ms Wu that HDB cannot make a forced sale if one owner is deceased and advised her to go ahead with applying for a death certificate, so that the funds in her father’s CPF account will no longer be drained.

Read Ms Wu’s post and the comment thread here:

Today has marked the 23 years of my dad who went missing in 1996. Exactly 23 years! Accordingly to his friends, last…

Posted by Yukimi Wu on Sunday, 4 August 2019

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