14/06/2024

17 Reservoirs in Singapore

Singapore's Reservoirs
MacRitchie Reservoir formerly called "Thomson Road Reservoir", constructed 1890-1894 has a storage capacity of 4,200,000 cubic metres

There are a currently 17 reservoirs which are designated as national water catchment areas and are managed by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) of Singapore.

The following is a list of reservoirs in Singapore:
01 - MacRitchie Reservoir (formerly called "Thomson Road Reservoir")
02 - Lower Peirce Reservoir (formerly called "Kallang River Reservoir" & "Peirce Reservoir")
03 - Upper Seletar Reservoir (formerly called "Seletar Reservoir")

Long Island to be reclaimed off East Coast could add 800ha of land, create Singapore’s 18th reservoir


Long Island could create Singapore’s 18th reservoir

Three tracts of land could be reclaimed off East Coast Park in the coming decades, creating about 800ha of land for new homes and other amenities, as well as a new reservoir. Called the Long Island, these land tracts – collectively about twice the size of Marina Bay – are Singapore’s response to the threat of rising sea levels and inland flooding in the East Coast area.

Land in the area is largely lower than 5m above the mean sea level, the extent that sea levels are projected to rise to by the end of this century if extreme high tides coincide with storm surges. On Nov 28, National Development Minister Desmond Lee announced that public agencies will carry out technical studies for the Long Island project over five years, starting from early 2024. Over the next few years, members of the public will be consulted for their ideas and suggestions for the project, which will take several decades to plan, design and develop.

The current plan is for three elongated tracts of land to be reclaimed in the area, extending from Marina East to Tanah Merah. The easternmost land tract will start from Tanah Merah, while the westernmost tract will be an extension of Marina East. Between these two tracts, a third tract will be reclaimed. A large tidal gate and pumping station will be built in between each new land mass. These will control the water level in a new reservoir bordered by East Coast Park and the new land masses, and, in the process, reduce flood risks in the East Coast area.


Singapore's four sources of water
The MacRitchie Reservoir is a popular destination for those who seek peace and quiet. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Singapore has four sources of water:
  • Local catchment water involves collecting rainwater on a large scale. With the addition of the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs in 2011, Singapore now has a catchment area that spans two-thirds of the land surface. A catchment refers to the area from which rainfall flows into a reservoir, through a network of drains, canals, rivers and stormwater collection ponds.
  • Singapore has been importing water from Johor under two bilateral agreements, the first signed in October 1961 and expired in August 2011. Under the second agreement signed in September 1962, Singapore will receive a maximum of 250 million gallons of water a day from the Johor River until 2061.
  • Newater is high-grade reclaimed water that undergoes many rounds of treatment with advanced membrane technologies and ultra-violet disinfection until it is potable. PUB has been pumping an average of 16 mgd of Newater a day for the month of March to local reservoirs, to ensure that Singapore's water needs are met, even in the case of a water disruption.
  • Desalinated water uses reverse-osmosis to treat the water at two desalination plants. The SingSpring Desalination Plant and Tuaspring Desalination Plant can meet up to a quarter of Singapore's current water demand.


‘Water for Peace’ - World Water Day 2024 campaign launches
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March

The campaign for World Water Day, 22 March 2024, is now live. This year’s theme is ‘Water for Peace’, which focuses on the critical role water plays in the stability and prosperity of the world. When water is scarce or polluted, or when people have unequal or no access, tensions can rise between communities and countries. 

More than 3 billion people worldwide depend on water that crosses national borders. Yet, out of 153 countries that share rivers, lakes and aquifers with their neighbours, only 24 countries report having cooperation agreements for all their shared water. As climate change impacts increase, and the global population grows, we must unite around protecting and conserving our most precious resource.  By working together to balance everyone’s human rights and needs, water can be a stabilizing force and a catalyst for sustainable development. 

World Water Day is a United Nations (UN) observance coordinated by UN-Water. Every year, it raises awareness of a major water-related issue and inspires action to tackle the water and sanitation crisis. This year’s Task Force of UN-Water Members and Partners is coordinated by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

13/06/2024

Shop thefts on the rise

For third year in a row, even as physical crimes dipped in 2023
Nearly 4,000 theft cases were reported at shops in Singapore last year, making up almost one-fifth of all physical crimes

The number of shoplifting cases in Singapore increased once again last year, making up the highest proportion of all reported physical crimes, according to statistics released by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on Monday (Feb 19).

There were 3,939 cases of shop theft last year – a 21.4 per cent increase from the 3,244 cases in 2022. There were 2,652 cases in 2021 and about 2,500 cases in 2020. However, the overall number of physical crime cases in 2023 fell by 1.1 per cent - from 20,193 to 19,966. Shop theft was among the four crimes of concern flagged by the police, with the others being theft in dwelling, molestation and voyeurism. In particular, voyeurism cases – which accounted for 2.4 per cent of physical crime in 2023 – rose by 52 cases to 476.

More than two-thirds of shop theft cases happened at retail outlets like department stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and minimarts, said SPF in a press release. Items typically stolen included food and beverages, alcoholic drinks, personal care products, cosmetics, apparel and accessories. Shop theft comprised 19.7 per cent of the total physical crime cases last year.


Shop theft cases jump 25% in first half of 2023 as overall physical crime rises
Shop theft accounted for 18.1 per cent of all physical crime cases, said the police. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The number of shop theft cases rose to 1,820 in the first half of 2023, with experts saying self-checkout counters could be a possible reason for the rise in such cases.

The figure rose 25.3 per cent from the 1,453 cases during the same period last year, the police revealed on Friday, in releasing the mid-year crime statistics. Overall, the total number of physical crime cases increased by 5.4 per cent to 10,080 from January to June 2023, from 9,568 in the same period last year.

Shop theft accounted for 18.1 per cent of all physical crime cases, said the police. A total of 76 per cent of the cases took place at retail chains and shops such as department stores, supermarkets, health and beauty shops, minimarts and convenience stores. Items typically stolen were food, alcoholic drinks, personal care products, clothes, accessories and cosmetics.


'Something gets stolen every week': Chinatown gift store owner puts up over 20 photos of suspected shoplifters
A gift shop in Chinatown has resorting to naming and shaming shoplifters by displaying their photos on their storefront. PHOTO: Shin Min Daily News

To deter potential shoplifters, a gift shop owner in Chinatown has resorted to naming and shaming those who nicked items from her store. The store at Trengganu Street, called Wow, recently went viral on Xiaohongshu for displaying more than 20 photos of people who allegedly stole from the shop. 

An unnamed employee at the shop told Shin Min Daily News that theft has been a persistent problem since the shop opened last November. Both tourists and locals have been caught on camera taking items without paying, she said. "Something gets stolen every week. Sometimes, it even happens twice or thrice a day. The people whose photos we publish are locals and repeat offenders," she added. 

Last month, a female tourist who looked to be in her 20s made away with a pair of glasses. She had allegedly swiped two pairs from the shelf and concealed one inside a hat near the counter. She then told the shop owner that she didn't want the second pair and left the shop with the other one. Another incident occurred during Chinese New Year. An elderly woman who was pushing a cart entered the shop around closing time.


Make-up, pens stolen as shop theft cases rise; retailer says culprits beg for mercy when caught
Suspected shoplifters caught on closed-circuit television cameras at Watsons, NTUC FairPrice, Sheng Siong, and Cold Storage from March 2023 to April 2024. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

In 2023, staff at a clothing store in Ang Mo Kio Central saw a man in his 60s dash out of the shop with a pair of flip-flops that cost $16.90. They chased him, and when they caught him, he begged for mercy, pleading with the staff to not call the police. They let him off after he paid for the item.

The police told The Straits Times on May 18 that there were 977 shop theft cases in the first four months of 2024 – 99 more than the 878 cases in the same period in 2023. A spokesman for chain store Watsons said shop theft cases rose by 30 per cent in the first quarter of 2024 from the same period in 2023. Such cases have risen in recent years, with the figure growing by nearly 50 per cent from 2,652 cases in 2021 to 3,939 in 2023.

In its annual crime statistics released in February, the police said shop theft made up 19.7 per cent of reported physical crime cases in 2023. More than two-thirds of the cases took place at retail outlets like department stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores. Items typically stolen included food and beverages, alcoholic drinks, personal care products, cosmetics, apparel and accessories, the police added.



Police expand programme to help retailers combat shop theft as cases rise
Deputy Commissioner of Police Lian Ghim Hua said shop theft cases rose by 12 per cent from the first half of 2021 to the same period in 2022. ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM

Amid concerns over an increase in shop theft, the police will expand a programme to help retailers fight crime. Under the Shop Theft Awareness for Retailers (Star) initiative, the police work closely with businesses to analyse ways in which their stores are vulnerable to theft and come up with countermeasures.

Speaking at the inaugural Retailers Safety and Security Symposium on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Lian Ghim Hua said cases of shop theft rose by 12 per cent, from 1,280 in the first half of 2021 to 1,439 in the same period in 2022. There were 2,652 cases of shop theft reported in 2021. “This uptrend is a concern and the police are committed to working closely with our partners in the retail sector to bring down the numbers,” said DCP Lian.

Launched in 2018, the Star programme now has more than 50 retailers on board, including Tangs, Watsons and Puma. It will be rolled out progressively in 2023 across all neighbourhood police centres, which will work with retailers in their areas. There are no limits on the number of retailers that can join the programme. The Star programme includes a primary survey where the police will assess whether the store has adequate security measures, such as closed-circuit television cameras. The police may also make recommendations to retailers such as keeping expensive items under lock and key.


Caught on camera: Woman steals mirror from Neil Road cafe by wrapping it in jacket
The woman removing her jacket to steal the mirror (left). The cafe showing how their mirror looked like (right). HOTO: Instagram/Thecoffeecodesingapore

With cafes having such pretty aesthetics these days, it's no wonder some customers feel the temptation to steal some of their fittings. Speaking to AsiaOne, the cafe owner of The Coffee Code Singapore, Gordon Ling, shared that his team realised that a mirror from their shop was missing on Sunday (June 9). 

"My staff opened the shop and saw that the mirror had disappeared," the 31-year-old recounted. After going through the CCTV footage, which has since been uploaded onto the cafe's Instagram stories, the team discovered that the mirror had been stolen at around 2.07am that same morning. The cafe is located at Neil Road. In the footage, a woman can be seen gesturing at someone off camera before removing her jacket. 

She then crouched down to pick up the mirror —which was displayed on the floor-with the jacket. She can then be seen sprinting away from the cafe, with another woman next to her.


MAN ARRESTED FOR SERIES OF SHOP THEFT

The Police have arrested a 29-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a series of shop theft cases. Between 22 and 25 April 2022, the Police received several reports of luxury items stolen from shops along Orchard Road. The items purportedly had an estimated total value of about $34,860.

Through ground enquires and with the aid of images from Police cameras and CCTVs, officers from Tanglin Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him on 25 April 2022. The man will be charged in court on 27 April 2022 with theft in dwelling under Section 380 of the Penal Code 1871. The offence carries an imprisonment term that may extend to seven years and a fine.

The Police would also like to remind retailers to remain vigilant against shop thieves. Retailers are advised to adopt the following measures:
  • Ensure a good line of sight for the displays by using an appropriate shop layout;
  • Display advisory posters or signage against shop theft;
  • Display expensive merchandise in locked showcases or at prominent locations (e.g. near cashier counters);
  • Install CCTVs with recording system at the entrance/exit of the store to capture the facial features of shoppers;
  • Deploy adequate security personnel to patrol the premises in luminous vests for deterrence


Police looking for woman involved in shop theft in vicinity of Botanic Gardens

The police are looking for a woman to assist with investigations into a case of shop theft that occurred on March 4 along 1 Cluny Road.

Anyone with information is requested to call the police hotline at 1800-255- 0000 or submit information online at https://www.police.gov.sg/i-witness.

All information will be kept strictly confidential.


Police looking for man and woman involved in separate cases of shop theft at Nex

The police are looking for the two people to assist with investigations into two separate cases of shop theft reported at Nex shopping mall on May 4 and July 19.

Anyone with information is requested to call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online via www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

All information will be kept strictly confidential.


Women sought by police to assist in investigations of theft at Watsons outlets around Singapore

The police are seeking the public’s assistance in their investigations of theft in dwelling at various retail chains, including Watsons, NTUC FairPrice, Sheng Siong and Cold Storage.

These cases took place between April 4, 2023 and March 15, 2024.

The individuals were captured on CCTVs are required to assist in the police investigations.


10 arrested for stealing over 90 pieces of clothing worth $6.8k from Orchard Road, HarbourFront

Seven men and three women, aged 20 to 32, have been arrested for allegedly stealing clothes worth about $6,800.

This comes after the police were alerted to a case of attempted theft along Orchard Road on October 16. The police said: "Through extensive ground enquiries and with the aid of images from police cameras and CCTV footage, officers from Tanglin and Clementi Police Division established the identities of the ten persons involved."

An operation was conducted on October 30 and the ten people were arrested for theft in dwelling with common intention in four additional cases of shop theft. More than 90 pieces of the stolen clothing, which had a total value of around $6,800, were recovered. Among the items were multiple Uniqlo shirts and women's undergarments, reported The Straits Times.


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12/06/2024

Walt Disney Rented His Own Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Famously frugal, he didn't think he could afford the car, which cost $8,500 new and is worth over $89,000 today

Walt Disney was a mogul in every sense of the word. By 1964 the company he founded included the Disneyland theme park, the production of animated and live-action movies, and was planning a larger resort in Florida which would later become Disney World. Yet, in his private life, he was frugal, living like a man of modest means. The idea of splurging on a big ticket item made him uncomfortable, especially something like a car.

However, it wasn't just any car that caught Disney's eye. It was a 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL. Known as the Pagoda because of its removable hardtop, it originally cost $8,500 or the equivalent of $85,000 today. At the time, Disney could have bought any car he wanted. But the price tag of the Mercedes-Benz was too rich for him.

According to actor Dean Jones, he was walking down the street in Los Angles with Walt Disney, who was pitching Jones to star in a new movie titled That Darn Cat! Jones later recalled Disney stopping to stare at the 230SL, falling in love with the car. Then he said, "I can't afford that," and quickly walked away. About halfway down the block, Walt Disney turned and said to Jones, "wait, I can afford it." Then Disney and Jones returned to the dealership, where Disney wrote a $3,000 check for the Mercedes-Benz SL230 and drove it home.

10/06/2024

S$3b money laundering case wraps up with 10 convicted, jailed & deported

The convictions of the 10 charged & their sentences
Su Wenqiang, Su Haijin, Wang Baosen. Su Baolin, Zhang Ruijin, Vang Shuiming, Chen Qingyuan, Lin Baoying, Wang Dehai, Su Jianfeng
  • Su Wenqiang - 1st to be convicted, sentenced to 13 mths & deported.
  • Su Haijin - 2nd to be convicted, sentenced to 14 mths & deported.
  • Wang Baosen - 3rd to be convicted, sentenced to 13 mths & deported.
  • Su Baolin - 4th to be convicted, sentenced to 14 mths & deported.
  • Zhang Ruijin - 5th to be convicted, sentenced to 15 mths.
  • Vang Shuiming - 6th to be convicted, sentenced to 13 mths & deported.
  • Chen Qingyuan - 7th to be convicted, sentenced to 15 mths.
  • Lin Baoying - 8th to be convicted, sentenced to 15 mths.
  • Wang Dehai - 9th to be convicted, sentenced to 16 mths.
  • Su Jianfeng - 10th to be convicted, sentenced to longest jail term of 17 mths.


S$3 billion anti-money laundering bust wraps up with 10th and final individual jailed
The 10 accused are (clockwise from top left) Su Baolin, Su Haijin, Chen Qingyuan, Su Wenqiang, Lin Baoying, Zhang Ruijin, Wang Dehai, Su Jianfeng, Vang Shuiming and Wang Baosen. ST ILLUSTRATIONS: CEL GULAPA

IT WAS a whirlwind anti-money laundering bust involving billions of dollars that took Singapore by storm.

Now, nearly 10 months after an islandwide blitz that involved over 400 officers from various police departments, the 10 foreign nationals who were arrested have been sentenced to jail.

The last of the 10, Su Jianfeng, was on Monday (Jun 10) sentenced to 17 months, backdated to his date of arrest – Aug 15, 2023.


S$944 million in total forfeited to state as one of Singapore's largest money laundering cases concludes

About S$944 million (US$697 million) in assets seized in relation to the 10 criminals embroiled in one of Singapore's largest money-laundering probes will be forfeited to the state, now that the last offender has been sentenced to jail.

The probe, which began in 2021 with tip-offs on a group of foreigners using forged documents to launder money in Singapore, led to the simultaneous arrests of nine men and one woman - with origins in China - in moneyed estates around the island in August 2023. In the months following the arrests, billions of dollars worth of assets linked to the offenders and other suspects on the run have been seized - including hard cash, luxury properties, branded goods, cryptocurrency and alcohol.

The offenders all pleaded guilty to various crimes, including money laundering, using forged bank documents and other related offences, such as lying to the Manpower Ministry to obtain work passes to enter Singapore. They were sentenced to between 13 and 17 months' jail. The 10th criminal, 36-year-old Vanuatu national Su Jianfeng, was sentenced to the longest jail term on Monday (Jun 10), bringing the saga to a close. In a statement after the hearing, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said the value of assets linked to the 10 offenders total more than S$1 billion to date.


10 convicted, 17 on the run; police are after the rest
The police seized and issued with prohibition of disposal orders for $3 billion in cash and assets belonging to the 27 individuals. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

Investigations into the $3 billion money laundering case and the wider network of people linked to it will continue, with the police flagging to their foreign counterparts financial information of the suspects on the run for possible action.

On June 7, Cypriot national Wang Dehai was sentenced to 16 months’ jail over one money laundering charge. He is the last of the 10 foreigners arrested in connection with the case to be convicted.

The authorities are now turning their attention to the 17 individuals who fled the country amid the probe, and others, including Singaporeans, who helped facilitate the nation’s largest money laundering case.


$3b money laundering probe widens: 17 other foreigners linked to bulk of cash, assets seized
The police will maintain the prohibition against disposal and custody of the seized assets until the assets are dealt with by the court at the conclusion of the case. PHOTOS: ST FILE, SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

The $3 billion in cash and assets seized or issued with prohibition of disposal orders in Singapore’s largest money laundering case belonged to 27 individuals, and not just the 10 hauled to court on various charges.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, the police on June 5 said 17 other individuals are under investigation in relation to the case.

The police added that they will maintain the prohibition against disposal and custody of seized assets until the assets are dealt with by the court at the conclusion of the case.


Police have incurred $646k so far to maintain assets seized in $3b money laundering case
The expenses were incurred for the storage, maintenance and safeguarding of the seized assets. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

Almost $650,000 has been spent by the authorities for the upkeep of assets seized in relation to Singapore’s largest money laundering case.

On May 7, Minister for Home Affairs K. Shanmugam said the expenses were incurred for the storage, maintenance and safeguarding of the seized assets, which included properties, vehicles and luxury goods such as branded bags, watches and alcohol. He said expenses included engaging specialised services from industry partners or service providers to oversee the handling, upkeep and value preservation of the assets.

He said: “As of March 2024, police have incurred about $646,282 in such expenses. These expenses are borne by the state. They are covered by the forfeited cash, and the proceeds of sale of the forfeited non-cash assets, which are channelled to the state.”


Su Jianfeng sentenced to longest jail term of 17 months, last of 10 to be sent to jail
Vanuatu national Su Jianfeng, who is originally from China, had pleaded guilty on June 6 to money laundering and forgery. PHOTO: FIDU PROPERTIES

Dubai property broker Su Jianfeng has been sentenced to 17 months’ jail, making him the last of the 10 foreigners arrested in an anti-money laundering blitz in August 2023 to be sent to jail.

The 36-year-old Vanuatu national, who is originally from China, had pleaded guilty on June 6 to money laundering and forgery.

Another 12 charges were taken into consideration. They range from forgery and money laundering, to manpower-related offences for hiring a personal chef without a valid work pass.


10th Money launderer Su Jianfeng convicted; sentencing adjourned to Monday

Money launderer Su Jianfeng, one of the 10 foreign nationals involved in Singapore’s largest money laundering case, was convicted on Thursday (Jun 6).

The 36-year-old Vanuatu national pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes Act and one count of forgery. These charges aside, Su Jianfeng faces three counts of money laundering, seven counts of forgery and two charges under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, which were taken into consideration by the judge for sentencing purposes.

After hearing submissions from the prosecution and defence on sentencing and mitigation, District Judge James Lee adjourned the proceedings, and will deliver his sentence on Monday.

 

9th offender in S$3 billion money laundering case gets 16 months' jail
Wang Dehai pleaded guilty on Jun 7, 2024 in the State Courts

The last of 10 individuals prosecuted in the S$3 billion (US$2.2 billion) money laundering case pleaded guilty in court on Friday (Jun 7) and was handed the longest jail term so far at 16 months. 

Wang Dehai, 35, faced six charges, two of which are related to money laundering, while the rest are employment offences. The Cypriot was nabbed with nine other foreigners during simultaneous raids islandwide in 2023.

On Aug 15, 2023, Wang had S$2,299,950 in cash that was suspected to be benefits from remote gambling offences. He failed to account for how he came by the money. He pleaded guilty to this charge, while the rest were taken into consideration for his sentencing.


Three more men in $3 billion money laundering case deported to Cambodia, Japan
(From left) Su Baolin, Su Haijin and Vang Shuiming were deported from Singapore on May 25, May 28 and June 1 respectively. PHOTOS: COURT DOCUMENTS

Three more men convicted in Singapore’s largest money laundering case have been deported, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on June 2. Cambodian national Su Baolin, 42, and Cypriot national Su Haijin, 41, were deported to Cambodia on May 25 and 28, respectively. Turkish national Vang Shuiming, 43, was deported to Japan on June 1.

According to court documents, Vang holds passports from China, Vanuatu and Turkey. ICA had said in April that the “location of deportation (of the convicts) is dependent on the admissibility of the foreigner based on his or her valid passport”.

All three men, who are originally from Fujian, China, are barred from re-entering Singapore. So far, five of the eight convicted money launderers in the case have been deported.



Woman, the 8th suspect to be dealt with, gets 15 months' jail, forfeits S$154 million in seized assets
Lin Baoying, the only woman among the 10 people charged, was the eighth suspect to be dealt with in the case

Lin Baoying, the only woman among 10 suspects in Singapore's multibillion-dollar money laundering crackdown, was sentenced to 15 months in jail on Thursday (May 30).

The 44-year-old Chinese national pleaded guilty to three out of 10 charges, with the remainder considered for sentencing. She was convicted on one count of money laundering and two counts of fraudulently using a forged document.

Lin was the eighth suspect to be dealt with in the case. The 10 individuals were arrested during a simultaneous raid on Aug 15, 2023.


7th man jailed for 15 months, forfeiting $21.3m of assets to state
Over $23 million worth of assets were seized from Cambodian national Chen Qingyuan. PHOTO: COURT DOCUMENTS

Cambodian national Chen Qingyuan, 34, who is wanted in China for fraud, was jailed for 15 months on May 23 over his role in Singapore’s largest money laundering case. 
He was convicted of two money laundering charges and one forgery-related charge.

He is the first of the seven foreigners convicted so far to appear in court in person. The other six had attended court proceedings via video link. Chen faced 10 charges in total, including four money laundering charges. The other six charges were forgery-related. Of the over $23 million in assets seized from Chen after his arrest on Aug 15, 2023, about 90 per cent – or $21.3 million – will be forfeited to the state.

Nine other foreigners were arrested that day when the police conducted simultaneous raids islandwide in a money laundering probe that saw more than $3 billion in assets seized.


Sixth suspect jailed, forfeits largest sum yet of S$180 million
Vang Shuiming faced a total of 22 charges in Singapore's multibillion-dollar money laundering case. (Illustration: Rafa Estrada)

The suspect with the highest number of charges in Singapore's multibillion-dollar money laundering crackdown was sentenced to 13 months and six weeks' jail on Tuesday (May 14). Vang Shuiming, 43, faced a total of 22 charges. He pleaded guilty to three of them, and the remainder were considered for sentencing.

His offences involved the possession of about S$2.4 million (US$1.8 million) in suspected criminal proceeds, and the use of documents he had reason to believe were forged. He also voluntarily forfeited about S$180 million in assets to the state. This is the largest amount that any accused person in the money laundering case has forfeited so far.

It came out of more than S$198 million in assets seized from him, including assets that he paid for but were held in the name of his wife, Wang Ruiyan. These included 10 apartments in Clarke Quay and one at Tomlinson Road that are under construction, and four apartments in the Beach Road area. Other items included a S$240,000 Kawai grand piano, a green Rolls-Royce Phantom worth S$1.8 million and a white Bentley Flying Spur worth S$1.3 million. More than S$137,000 in donations were also surrendered and held in police custody.


Two men convicted in $3b money laundering case deported to Cambodia
Su Wenqiang (left) & Wang Baosen, both 32, will be barred from re-entering Singapore. FOTO: CHINA POLICE, ST FILE

Two men convicted in Singapore’s largest money laundering case were deported to Cambodia on May 6.

Su Wenqiang and Wang Baosen, both 32, will be barred from re-entering Singapore, an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) spokesman said on May 6. They are among 10 foreigners arrested in a money laundering probe in August 2023 that saw more than $3 billion in cash and assets seized.

ICA had said in April that the “location of deportation (of the convicts) is dependent on the admissibility of the foreigner based on his or her valid passport”.

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15 months' jail for fifth person, longest jail term so far
An illustration of Zhang Ruijin, a suspect in the billion-dollar money laundering case in Spore. Image:Jeremy Long/Lydia Lam

A 45-year-old man linked to Singapore’s largest money laundering case was sentenced to 15 months' jail on Tuesday (Apr 30).

Zhang Ruijin was also ordered to forfeit around S$118 million of his assets to the state. This amounts to about 90 per cent of the S$131 million worth of assets originally seized by the police.

He is the fifth of 10 accused persons to be dealt with in relation to the case. Zhang pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of forgery-related offences and one of failing to satisfactorily account for property reasonably suspected to be benefits from criminal conduct. Another five similar charges were taken into consideration for his sentencing.


Fourth man in $3b money-laundering case sentenced to 14 months' jail
On April 29, Su Baolin was sentenced to 14 months' jail after pleading guilty to three charges.
PHOTO: The Straits Times file

Su Baolin, one of the 10 foreigners in Singapore's largest money-laundering case, made millions from his role in illegal online gambling operations abroad, said prosecutors.

He got the money into Singapore by funnelling it through his accomplices and cryptocurrency platforms to make it hard for the authorities to detect his crimes. And when the police found a large sum of money in his bungalow, he lied that he had won the money by gambling in casinos.

On April 29, Su was sentenced to 14 months' jail after pleading guilty to three charges — two for money laundering and one for abetting false representations made to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras).



Third accused convicted, sentenced to 13 months’ jail
With one-third remission, Wang Baosen may be out by early May. ST ILLUSTRATION: CEL GULAPA

Chinese national Wang Baosen has been sentenced to 13 months in jail, the third accused in Singapore’s largest money laundering case to be convicted following a probe that started in 2021. As part of his plea offer, the 32-year-old has forfeited his assets worth $8 million believed to be benefits from illegal gambling offences abroad. With one-third remission, he may be out by early May. He was in remand for eight months following his arrest on Aug 15, 2023.

Baosen pleaded guilty on April 16 to two charges. Six other charges were taken into consideration. He admitted to using over $1.4 million from a company, Hornet Bee International Trading, to pay for 10 per cent of the purchase price of an upscale condominium unit in Orchard Road. Baosen also admitted to possessing nearly $600,000 in an HSBC bank account in Singapore, with the monies suspected to be proceeds from illicit gambling offences.

Of the 10 foreigners involved in this money laundering case, three have been convicted and sentenced:


Man who jumped from bungalow balcony during raid, 2nd to be sentenced, gets 14 months’ jail
Su Haijin is the second of 10 foreigners linked to Singapore’s largest money laundering case to be convicted. PHOTOS: WEC

Cypriot national Su Haijin, who jumped from the second-floor balcony of a good class bungalow (GCB) during a police raid, has been convicted of resisting arrest and money laundering.

On April 4, the 41-year-old, who faced a total of 14 charges, was sentenced to 14 months’ jail.

Su is the second of 10 foreigners linked to Singapore’s largest money laundering case to be convicted and sentenced. More than $3 billion in cash and assets have been seized so far in relation to the case.


Su Wenqiang, accused in $3b money laundering case, 1st to be sentenced to 13 months’ jail
Su Wenqiang pleaded guilty to two money laundering charges. PHOTO: CHINA POLICE

Cambodian national Su Wenqiang was sentenced to 13 months in jail after he pleaded guilty on April 2 to money laundering.

The 32-year-old is the first of 10 foreign nationals to be convicted over a probe, led by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), that saw more than $3 billion in cash and assets seized.

The prosecution sought 12 to 15 months in jail for Su, noting his early plea of guilt and his willingness to forfeit his assets worth over $5.9 million to the state.


Singapore convicts first suspect in record money laundering case
A Porsche 911 Targa vehicle seized by police at a residence of Su Jiafeng, one of the suspects in the S$2.8 billion money-laundering case, in Singapore, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. Allegations have erupted that wealthy Chinese have been pouring ill-gotten gains into the Asian financial hub, in what the government itself describes as potentially one of the world’s largest money-laundering cases

Singapore on Tuesday sentenced the first person to plead guilty in the Southeast Asia island-state’s biggest money laundering scandal to a 13-month imprisonment. Cambodian national Su Wenqiang had faced 11 charges relating to forgery and laundering criminal proceeds. Public prosecutors went ahead with two counts of money laundering after an agreement to consider the remaining nine charges for sentencing.

The Singapore police said it has seized around 6 million Singapore dollars ($4.44 million) worth of assets from Su. According to court documents emailed to CNBC, this includes more than 2 million Singapore dollars in a bank account with United Overseas Bank, a Mercedes Benz, Chinese Moutai liquor and jewelry from Tiffany’s and Dior. Su was charged for laundering income from his part in abetting the operation of an illegal offshore remote gambling service out of the Philippines, which catered to mainland Chinese clients, according to court documents.

Su, 32, was arrested in August last year along with nine others of Chinese origin, in a case that has stunned many and raised doubts over Singapore’s reputation as a financial hub. Two suspects are still on the run. The value of all assets seized to date now exceeds more than 3 billion Singapore dollars, according to court documents.


Singapore 2.8 billion$ money laundering probe

The assets seized in Singapore’s largest money laundering case that saw 10 foreigners arrested are now worth more than $3 billion. Warrants of arrest and Interpol Red Notices have been issued against two more suspects, Su Yongcan and Wang Huoqiang.

The police said on Jan 19 that they have issued prohibition of disposal orders on another 55 properties and 15 vehicles. An additional 189 luxury bags, 34 pieces of jewellery and five luxury watches were also seized. This now brings the assets confiscated by the authorities to 207 properties, 77 vehicles, more than $1.45 billion in bank accounts, and more than $76 million in cash of various currencies. Thousands of bottles of liquor and wine, cryptocurrency worth more than $38 million, 68 gold bars, 483 luxury bags, 169 branded watches and 580 pieces of jewellery have also been seized in total.

Separately, warrants of arrest and Interpol Red Notices have been issued against two more suspects – Cambodian nationals Su Yongcan, 33, and Wang Huoqiang, 29 – for money laundering offences. A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action. The police said the pair had left Singapore before arrests related to the case began on Aug 15, 2023.