An 81 year old former PAP Member of Parliament (MP), Phey Yew Kok, surrendered himself for six counts of corruption charges after being on the run for 35 years and pleaded not guilty in Singapore Court. The former NTUC President and PAP MP for Boon Teck GRC Phey Yew Kok had been hiding in Taiwan and Thailand since 1979 when he jumped bail. He surrendered himself at the Singapore embassy in Thailand on Monday (June 22).

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The 81 year old was charged of misuse of union funds involving S$83,000 on Dec 10, 1979, and investing S$18,000 of trade union money in a private supermarket without approval from the minister. Phey Yew Kok apparently had hearing problems today when the 1979 charges were re-read to him and he denied his corruption charges in the court yesterday (June 24) saying:

“Your Honour, I speak a bit louder because my hearing is very bad. Hope you will excuse me. Your Honour, those charges, if my memory still does not fail me, I don’t think the money was transferred to my personal account…”

The Singapore Judge later cut him off and refuse him to speak further.

Phey Yew Kok was close to Singapore’s exiled former President Devan Nair (who emigrated to United States) and the former President of Singapore vouched for his innocence saying an innocent was being destroyed on false charges.

During Singapore’s formative years, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has been guilty of political persecuting his political opponents, oppressing free speech and jailing any politician who disagree with him be it from both the PAP and Opposition side. The former dictator ruled Singapore with an iron fist and his son Lee Hsien Loong is the present Prime Minister.