Deal to help ex-City Harvest leader Chew Eng Han flee allegedly sealed at Marine Drive carpark

Khoo Kea Leng, 45, arriving at the Block 75, Marine Drive carpark near East Coast Park in a police car and arm and leg restraints on Feb 27, 2018.
Khoo Kea Leng, 45, arriving at the Block 75, Marine Drive carpark near East Coast Park in a police car and arm and leg restraints on Feb 27, 2018.ST PHOTO: KHALLEAD BABA

SINGAPORE - It was allegedly at a carpark near East Coast Park that the deal to help former City Harvest Church leader Chew Eng Han leave Singapore illegally was believed to have been sealed.

Khoo Kea Leng, 45, who is accused of abetting the escape bid, was taken by police to the carpark at Block 75, Marine Drive on Tuesday morning (Feb 27).

Khoo, a Malaysian, is suspected of having discussed escape plans with Chew at 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 through Pulau Ubin.

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

He was dressed in a black jersey and orange shorts, and was accompanied by at least four officers. 

Chew was nabbed on a motorised sampan during his 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 were 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 on Wednesday.