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Boatman in Chew Eng Han case faces new charge for helping another flee Singapore

The motorised sampan used by boatman Tan Poh Teck in Chew Eng Han’s escape bid. Photo: Wong Casandra/Yahoo News Singapore
The motorised sampan used by boatman Tan Poh Teck in Chew Eng Han’s escape bid. Photo: Wong Casandra/Yahoo News Singapore

The boatman accused of helping former City Harvest Church fund manager Chew Eng Han in his alleged attempt to flee Singapore was handed a new charge on Wednesday (7 March).

Tan Poh Teck, 53, was charged for abetting another man to leave the country illegally, and now faces three charges under the Immigration Act.

According to court documents, Tan abetted a Goh Chun Kiat to leave Singapore illegally on 17 August last year.

He allegedly took Goh on a motorised boat from a beach near Changi to a fish farm near Pulau Ubin. Goh then boarded another boat, which left for Malaysia.

Tan was previously charged on 22 February for allegedly helping Chew attempt to leave Singapore from Pulau Ubin.

On 1 March, he was also charged over abetting another person, a Shanker Mahalingam, to leave Singapore on a motorised boat from a beach near PA Water Venture, Changi, on 17 December last year.

From there, Tan allegedly conveyed Shanker to the fish farms near Pulau Ubin, before Shanker boarded another boat for Malaysia.

Tan is out on $25,000 bail, and will be back in court on 29 March.

Chew, who was remanded for a week after being charged in court for one count of leaving Singapore illegally, began serving his jail term of three years and four months for criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts on 1 March.

Anyone found guilty of abetting another to leave Singapore illegally faces a jail term of between six months to two years and a fine of up to $6,000.

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