Tussle over widow's $40m assets: Hearing for high court suit filed against former China tour guide adjourned

SINGAPORE - The hearing for the high court suit filed against former China tour guide Yang Yin has been adjourned to Oct 28.

This was revealed by Mr Yang's lawyer Joseph Liow from Straits Law Practice LLC after a closed door hearing at the High Court on Tuesday.

The adjournment is believed to have taken place due to the application made by the Office of Public Guardian (OPG).

On Monday, the OPG applied to the court to temporarily suspend the powers of both Madam Hedy Mok, who is Madam Chung's niece, and Mr Yang as deputy and donee under the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) respectively.

If approved, neither can represent the widow.

They had also applied for the court to assess independently that Madam Chung is capable of revoking the LPA.

Madam Mok's lawyer, Mr Peter Doraisamy from Selvam LLC, said that they are still assessing the OPG's application and will respond accordingly on Friday.

The niece of the 87-year-old widow Chung Khin Chun has commenced high court action to recover damages from former China tour guide Yang Yin.

Madam Mok alleges that Madam Chung, who was diagnosed with dementia this year, was manipulated by Mr Yang into handing control of her assets to him.

Last week, the OPG said it had lodged a report with the Commercial Affairs Department against Mr Yang after it emerged he had boasted about his wealthy and lavish lifestyle online.

The report was made on Sept 17, the same day that Mr Yang was arrested for suspected criminal breach of trust.

The wealthy widow asked the OPG last week to cancel the LPA she had given Mr Yang.

The move came after a psychiatrist who examined her said she had the mental capacity to revoke the LPA, despite suffering from dementia.

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