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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Life's Experiencences

People do get tricked in life.
We do need to be on our guard,
for ourselves, 
and for others as well.

Widow wants to revoke Lasting Power of Attorney she granted Yang Yin: Lawyers
By Eileen Poh
POSTED: 23 Sep 2014 21:41
UPDATED: 23 Sep 2014 23:46

Madam Chung Khin Chun's niece, Madam Hedy Mok, and their lawyers gave this update to reporters on Tuesday (Sep 23). 

SINGAPORE: Madam Chung Khin Chun, the elderly widow whose S$40 million assets are at the heart of an ongoing legal tussle, has applied to the Office of Public Guardian to revoke the Lasting Power of Attorney she granted to Chinese national Yang Yin in 2012.

According to Madam Chung's lawyer, the 87-year-old has been medically certified to be mentally capable of doing so. Madam Chung's niece, Madam Hedy Mok, and their lawyers gave this update to reporters on Tuesday (Sep 23).

Yang, 40, is a former tour guide who met Madam Chung in 2008 when she was on holiday in Beijing. He and his family later moved into her bungalow in Gerald Crescent, off Yio Chu Kang road

The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows another person to act on one's behalf, in the event he loses his mental capacity, in areas such as financial matters. Madam Chung's lawyer Mr Eugene Thuraisingam said he has met Madam Chung and "received instructions" this afternoon to revoke the LPA.

Mdm Mok's lawyer Peter Dorisamy also said a suit has been filed against Yang for allegedly abusing his powers under the LPA. "He has breached his powers and therefore, certain losses have risen from, we say, those actions and we are recovering loss and damages," said Mr Dorisamy.

At the centre of the saga is the S$30 million bungalow owned by Madam Chung. Madam Mok said the house is now occupied only by the maid, as Madam Chung is currently living with Madam Mok.

Madam Chung was described by Madam Mok as being "very well now". Madam Mok is also applying to the court to be appointed as deputy to Madam Chung, which will give her control over Madam Chung's assets.

Madam Mok said if appointed, she will deal with the assets according to her aunt's original wishes and that is to donate to charity

Police confirmed on Sep 17 that 40-year-old Yang has been arrested for suspected criminal breach of trust. The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry had earlier lodged a police report against him for misrepresenting himself as the association's director.

- CNA/xy

China tour guide moves into S'porean widow's bungalow 
-- and allegedly took over her $40 million assets
Posted on 06 September 2014

Mr Yang Yin is flanked by Madam Chung Khin Chun (left) and 
Madam Chang Phie Chin in a photo taken in Beijing on Oct 23, 2008.

A 40-year-old tour guide from China got close to a Singaporean widow and, in 2009, moved into her Gerald Crescent bungalow, allegedly taking over her assets worth $40 million and bringing his family to live with him there.

However, on Tuesday (Sep 2), a seven-hour stand-off between the 87-year-old Singaporean widow and a 34-year-old woman from China, the tour guide's wife, ensued.

It ended after the younger woman agreed to leave the widow's $30 million bungalow, where she had stayed for a year without rent.

It was the latest twist in a saga that began in 2008, after the widow, retired physiotherapist Chung Khin Chun, met the Chinese woman's tour guide husband while on holiday in China.

Before she met a 40-year-old tour guide from China, Madam Chung Khin Chun threw lavish parties, had a large art collection and several employees loyal to her, reports The Straits Times.

But after the tour guide moved into Madam Chung's $30 million Gerald Crescent bungalow, he prevented her from seeing her close friends, sold her jewellery and art, emptied her bank accounts and even sacked her long-time maid and driver.

These are the claims against Mr Yang Yin, who has not given his side of the story, in a court case.

Madam Chung's niece, Madam Hedy Mok, 60, has applied to lift the Lasting Power of Attorney which has given Mr Yang control over her 87-year-old aunt's assets, alleging that he had taken advantage of a vulnerable woman who was this year diagnosed with dementia.

The application includes a lengthy affidavit by Madam Chang Phie Chin, 84. In or around 2004, Madam Chang was asked to move in with Madam Chung and her husband, Dr Chou Sip King.

Dr Chou, a wheelchair user who died in 2007, had wanted Madam Chang to take care of his wife.

In 2008, Madam Chang introduced Mr Yang to Madam Chung during a holiday to China. She had first met him in Shanghai in 2005. "I looked up the defendant to act as our tour guide since I already knew him," Madam Chang said in her affidavit.

Mr Yang kept in touch with Madam Chung and, over time, got her to remit between $4,000 and $40,000 to him.

In 2009, he moved in to live with her. Madam Chang, who has known Madam Chung for more than 50 years, said Mr Yang "manipulated" and "took advantage" of her friend's feelings.

"He would frequently make physical advances towards (Madam Chung), shamelessly hugging and kissing her in front of myself and the maids and driver," related Madam Chang.

"He would have his meals with (Madam Chung), uttering sweet nothings to her." Mr Yang "acted as if he owned the house, bossing the maids and driver around rudely", Madam Chang said in the affidavit, adding that he eventually "ordered" certain people, including neighbours, not to visit Madam Chung.

He terminated the services of the widow's driver in September 2009, saying the man had attacked him. In 2012, one of Madam Chung's maids also had her employment terminated by Mr Yang.

She had told Madam Chang that her employer had to ask her for money to buy food as she was afraid to ask Mr Yang, the affidavit said.

Madam Chang, who moved out in 2011 because of Mr Yang's behaviour, accused him of selling off her friend's art collection, and spending the money on his frequent overseas trips, where he supposedly stayed at luxury hotels.

In her affidavit, Madam Mok also stated that she understands Mr Yang had taken people to view the $30 million bungalow.


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