Malaysian to be charged over alleged Chew escape plot

Police taking Khoo to the spot where he allegedly made the deal with the former City Harvest leader.
Police taking Khoo to the spot where he allegedly made the deal with the former City Harvest leader.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

A deal to help former City Harvest Church leader Chew Eng Han leave Singapore illegally was allegedly sealed in a carpark near East Coast Park.

Khoo Kea Leng, 45, who is accused of abetting the escape bid, was taken by police to the carpark at Block 75, Marine Drive yesterday.

Khoo, a Malaysian, is suspected of having discussed escape plans with Chew in this carpark. It was also here that Khoo is believed to have accepted Chew's money to plan the former church fund manager's alleged illegal escape via Pulau Ubin.

Khoo, who was wearing arm and leg restraints, arrived at the carpark in a police car.

He was accompanied by at least four officers.

Chew was nabbed on a motorised sampan during his alleged attempt to escape on Feb 21.

The father of two was arrested at sea with a boatman, Tan Poh Teck, 53. About $5,000 in cash, as well as fishing equipment, was also found with them.

Both men were charged on Feb 22.

Chew was due to begin his jail term of three years and four months on Feb 22, after he and five others were convicted of misappropriating church funds in the largest fraud involving charity money in Singapore's history.

Malaysian police who arrested Khoo in Johor Baru handed him to Singapore police on Monday, following a warrant of arrest issued by Singapore State Courts, a police spokesman said.

Khoo will be charged in court today.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'Malaysian to be charged over alleged Chew escape plot'. Print Edition | Subscribe