Former Mobile Air owner Jover Chew seen moving out of Sim Lim Square

Evening daily papers Shin Min and Lianhe Wanbao within a week reported two occasions on which Mr Jover Chew, 32, was spotted at his old shop Mobile Air on the first floor of the mall, carrying several boxes out. -- PHOTO: AARON ENG OF THE NEW PA
Evening daily papers Shin Min and Lianhe Wanbao within a week reported two occasions on which Mr Jover Chew, 32, was spotted at his old shop Mobile Air on the first floor of the mall, carrying several boxes out. -- PHOTO: AARON ENG OF THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - Infamous former Sim Lim Square shop owner Jover Chew has seemingly moved out.

Evening daily papers Shin Min and Lianhe Wanbao within a week reported two occasions on which Mr Chew, 32, was spotted at his old shop Mobile Air on the first floor of the mall, carrying several boxes out.

Shin Min reported that on Nov 25, he was seen behind closed shutters for 20 minutes, and took out several items, including a 50-inch television set and a Playstation 4.

Lianhe Wanbao reported that three days later, on Nov 28, he returned, and stayed for three hours, removing 10 boxes of items. He had help from three other men, and the items were loaded onto a lorry. He also told Wanbao that he could never set up shop again because netizens were "out to get him".

He arrived in the afternoon both times.

Mr Chew was thrust into the public eye after a video of Vietnamese tourist Pham Van Thoai, 28, begging and crying at his shop for a refund, went viral online. Mr Chew also became infamous for refunding a woman $1,010 in coins, which included one and five cents.

Angry Internet users found his personal details and posted them online. It is not known where he has been since then, as even his wife said she did not know his whereabouts.

Mr Edmund Lim, a former employee of Mr Chew, was said to have taken over the store under the name H J Mobile.

The Consumers Association of Singapore on Monday urged the management of Sim Lim Square to strengthen its enforcement against rogue retailers.

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