Monday, 26 February 2018

Ex-CHC Chew Eng Han Attempts To Flee Singapore In A Sampan

Kim Huat: Don't Use Sampan


Chew Eng Han and his sampan adrift in sea of puns
City Harvest former fund manager Chew Eng Han was arrested for trying to leave Singapore on 21 Feb 2018. Photo: Casandra Wong/Yahoo News Singapore

On Thursday, Chew was charged with attempting to leave Singapore illegally while Tan was charged with abetting Chew in the offence.

Chew had been scheduled to begin his jail term of 3 years and 4 months on Thursday for his part in the long-running CHC saga.

Since Wednesday, the online space has been brimming with jokes and memes revolving around the humble sampan and Chew’s “fishing expedition”. And so let the puns begin:
  • Another failed Crossover project.
  • Why use a sampan? If you were truly faithful, you’d walk across the water.
  • Maybe he used a motorised sampan because he hoped Jesus would take the wheel.
  • He claimed he was fishing but the police didn’t take the bait.
  • He is trying to fish using all the $50 notes as bait.
  • I think he is fishing lah. Don’t jump to conclusions! 年年有鱼
  • CHC is full of people with conviction.
  • I hope the sampan can be part of this year’s NDP
  • Chew Eng Han (CEH) = Caught Escaping Halfway
  • His escape attempt failed hook, line and sinker.

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Singapore City Harvest megachurch leader Chew Eng Han 'tries to flee by sea'
Chew Eng Han and five others were convicted of misappropriating millions of dollars from the megachurch

A Singaporean man convicted in a megachurch fraud case was caught trying to escape by sea before starting his prison sentence, police say.

Chew Eng Han was found in a small boat heading towards Malaysia, police say, a day before he was to turn himself in after exhausting the appeals process.

He and a second man in the boat say they were on a fishing expedition.

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Chew Eng Han Attempts To Flee Singapore In A Sampan, One Day Before Jail Term Begins
City Harvest Church’s Chew Eng Han Arrested At Sea After Trying To Escape Singapore In A Motorised Sampan

If you recall, one ex-leader of City Harvest Church (CHC) was granted a final jail deferment to spend Chinese New Year with his family.

Turns out, he had other grand plans in mind — a great sea escape via a motorised sampan. No doubt a timely attempt to evade his 3 year 4 month stay in prison, just one day before it was slated to begin.

But it seems like even the heavens weren’t on his side for this one.

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Ex-City Harvest Church fund manager Chew Eng Han arrested for trying to flee Singapore by boat

Former City Harvest Church fund manager Chew Eng Han was arrested on Wednesday morning (Feb 21) for attempting to flee the country in a sampan, the police said at a news conference.

The 57-yr-old, one of 6 church leaders convicted in 2015 of misappropriating S$50 million of church funds, had been out on bail and was due to turn himself in on Thursday to begin his jail term.

Another man, 53-yr-old Tan Poh Teck, who was piloting the motorised sampan, was also arrested.

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City Harvest Church convict Chew Eng Hen nabbed after attempting to flee Singapore on a sampan

Former City Harvest Church fund manager Chew Eng Han was supposed to start serving his jail sentence of three years and four months tomorrow after the court approved his application to delay it to spend Chinese New Year with his family.

Unfortunately, the convict tried to make a run for it today. Or rather, he sailed away — the 57-year-old attempted to flee the country on a motorized sampan this morning, according to the police at a news conference held this afternoon. Channel NewsAsia reported that Police Coast Guard officers arrested him at about 8:47am today, seizing about S$5,000 in cash, a couple of phones, and some fishing equipment found on the boat.

Chew is one of the six former City Harvest Church figures who was convicted in 2015 for misappropriating S$50 million in church funds. Unlike the rest of his cohort who surrendered themselves to the authorities on Apr 21 last year, he has yet to start serving his jail term (for criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts). Also unlike his conspirators, Chew represented himself in High Court and tried to challenge his conviction, but failed both times. In the end, he asked to defer his sentence for one last time to spend the Chinese New Year holidays with his family and was due to turn himself in tomorrow.

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Ex-City Harvest Church fund manager Chew Eng Han arrested after trying to flee Singapore by boat

Former City Harvest Church fund manager Chew Eng Han was arrested on Wednesday morning (Feb 21) for attempting to flee the country in a sampan, the police said at a news conference.

The 57-year-old, one of six church leaders convicted in 2015 of misappropriating S$50 million of church funds, was due to turn himself in on Thursday to begin his jail term.

In a split decision by the High Court last April, Chew had his original six-year jail sentence lowered to three years and four months. Chew is the only one of the six who has not started serving his jail term for criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts.


Former City Harvest Church leader Chew Eng Han had been ‘praying hard’ to prepare for jail before failed escape bid
Former City Harvest Church fund manager Chew Eng Han was arrested along with another man at 8.47am on board a motorised sampan. The Straits Times

With three weeks to go to his prison term, former City Harvest Church (CHC) fund manager Chew Eng Han said earlier this month that he was going to “pray, pray, pray” to prepare himself for jail and that he was relieved the legal process was over.

In WhatsApp messages to The Straits Times on Feb 1, shortly after a court hearing that confirmed that he would have to serve three years and four months for criminal breach of trust, Chew, 57, insisted that he was innocent and that the truth would prevail one day.

Chew said if he truly felt he was guilty, “it would be easier to serve the sentence”.

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Sources Reveal Chew Eng Han’s Sampan Escape All Part of God’s Plan
Yesterday afternoon, City Harvest Fund manager Chew Eng Han was caught fleeing in Singapore in a Sampan

When the news broke, everyone on the internet mocked him for being a moron.

But is he? It seems all too simple. Why would a church with infinite money use Sampans? Who is the anonymous ‘tip-off’? Who the hell makes their escape from Pulau Ubin? If he really wanted to run, why didn’t he just pray for Jesus to teleport him away like a normal person?

Something is amiss here and we are not seeing the bigger picture.

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FORMER CHC MEMBER CHEW ENG HAN TRIED TO ESCAPE S’PORE BY BOAT ILLEGALLY BUT WAS CAUGHT

had a really good laugh when I was told to write about this. In fact, the entire office laughed so hard that we couldn’t function for close to 5 minutes.

Maybe we should make the criminals from CHC pay for our loss of productivity. Pretty sure they still have a lot of money sitting at home, you know.

In case you have no idea who Chew Eng Han is— since most of us only know Kong Hee, Serina Wee and Sun Ho— here’s an image of his face.

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City Harvest leader Chew Eng Han arrested at sea for trying to leave S’pore in sampan
A former City Harvest Church leader has been arrested for attempting to escape Singapore in a motorised sampan

Fund manager Chew Eng Han was arrested on Wednesday morning, Feb. 21, the police said at a news conference.

The 57-year-old was due to turn himself in the next day to begin his jail term.

The Police Coast Guard intercepted the motorised sampan off Pulau Ubin at about 8.47am.

About S$5,000 and fishing equipment was found on the boat. ​​​​​

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Full Coverage:
Chew Eng Han and accomplice charged over failed attempt to leave Spore
Ex-CHC Chew arrested for attempting to flee Singapore by motorised sampan
City Harvest Church: Jail terms maintained for Kong Hee and other ex-leaders
Chew Eng Han’s second bid to avoid jail ‘abuse of court process’, say judges
Elder brother of Chew Eng Han out on bail over ex-CHC's escape attempt
Chew Eng Han and his sampan adrift in sea of puns
Former City Harvest Church leader charged with trying to flee the country
'I won't go back to CHCt': Chew Eng Han, days before his failed escape bid
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