Jail, fine for man who hired hitman to attack ex-Joo Chiat MP Chan Soo Sen

Khoo Tsu Peng was sentenced to a year, four months and two weeks' jail and a fine of $20,000. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - He engaged a hitman on behalf of others to attack former MP for Joo Chiat Chan Soo Sen.

The hitman carried out the orders and Mr Chan, 65, suffered injuries including multiple bruises on his limbs, while another victim was left with a fractured nasal bone. 

On Monday (April 9), Khoo Tsu Peng, 68, was sentenced to a year, four months and two weeks' jail and a fine of $20,000.

He pleaded guilty to his roles in the two assault cases and an unrelated charge linked to unlawful gambling activities.

In October 2019, a man identified as Ho Soo Foong, 64, met Khoo in Toa Payoh and told him he was enraged as either his daughter or his friend’s daughter was having an affair with Mr Chan.

Mr Chan was MP of Joo Chiat ward in the East Coast Group Representation Constituency from 1997 to 2001 and the Joo Chiat Single Member Constituency from 2001 to 2011 under the People’s Action Party.

Deputy public prosecutors Sean Teh and Deborah Lee stated in court documents: "Ho told the accused that he wanted to teach Chan a lesson by getting someone to assault him and offered a five-figure sum of money for the job.

"The accused agreed to find someone to conduct the job. At this time, Ho suspected that his wife was having an affair with Chan but did not reveal this to the accused as he was embarrassed."

The DPPs added that the following month, Khoo offered the job to Mohd Ali Osman, 59, who agreed to be part of the attack for $25,000 and Ho later gave Ali $10,000.

The court heard that Ali then roped in Muhammad Raimi Saharudin, 30. On Dec 26, 2019, Ali called Raimi and told him to go to Pasir Panjang Road.

The prosecutors said: "Raimi rushed to the incident location on a motorcycle and waited for Chan to alight from a bus. Raimi had brought a wooden stick along with him. At about 11.55pm, Chan alighted from (a bus)... Raimi recognised Chan from (a) photograph provided by Ali.

"Raimi approached Chan and threw a packet of reddish orange powder at him, before hitting him on his back with the wooden stick several times. Chan fell to the ground as a result."

After that, Raimi rode away, the court heard.

Nursing multiple bruises, Mr Chan went to the National University Hospital. He made a police report on Dec 27, 2019.

Mr Chan told The Straits Times that his injuries have since healed but declined to comment further.

The next day, Ho met Khoo and passed him $10,000. Khoo later handed the amount to Ali who gave Raimi $3,000.

"Ho did not hand over the remaining $5,000 as he was unhappy that the police had commenced investigations against him," said the DPPs.

In an unrelated incident, a man identified as Low Eng Pah, 61, met up with Khoo, who was his friend, and told the latter about his dispute with one Mr Melvin Tan Keng Meng, 44, over matters involving alleged gambling winnings. Court documents do not disclose details about the dispute.

Khoo then suggested hiring someone to assault Mr Tan to "teach him a lesson".

Low agreed and promised to give Khoo 40 per cent of the alleged gambling winnings.

In January 2020, Khoo introduced Low to one Mohamed Hussain Shah Abdullah, 46.

Hussain agreed to be part of the attack and three other men were later roped in, the court heard.

Mr Tan was sitting alone near a Toa Payoh coffee shop at around 4.30pm on Feb 24, 2020, when two of the men assaulted him before fleeing the scene.

Mr Tan went to Sengkang General Hospital and x-rays revealed he had a fractured nasal bone.

Low later gave $5,000 to Hussain, who gave $1,400 to two of his accomplices and kept the remaining $3,600.

To date, offenders including Low, Hussain and Raimi have already been dealt with in court. Ali's case is still pending.

Khoo was finally caught in March 2020 when officers from the Criminal Investigation Department arrested him for offences linked to unlawful gambling activities.

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