No due diligence in granting of Power of Attorney and Revoking wills involving those suffering from dementia?
What is it about the Singapore system that appears to encourage foreign “talent” to come here and target rich, elderly women and deprive them of all their wealth?
The legal community that is ready to defend the culprits so they can get a cut in the loot?
Or the judiciary which goes to the extent of suggesting that the victims and the criminals try to reach out-of-court settlements through the Singapore Mediation Centre?
The latter suggestion was recently made by the High Court in the case involving former China tour guide Yang Yin charged with manipulating a wealthy 87-year-old widow Madam Chung Khin Chun to part with her assets estimated to be in excess of $40 million.
The widow’s niece, Madam Hedy Mok, swiftly rejected the suggestion. I think she took the right decision, considering the scale of the fraud, which also saw Yang use a fake degree to get Singapore PR. That is how lax Singapore’s immigration policies are!
That aside, today’s edition of The Straits Times had a piece about how a Sri Lankan maid (Arulampalam Kanthimathy) and two Indian nationals (Kulandaivelu Malayaperumal and Gopal Subramanian) are reported to have pocketed $5 million belonging to an 86-year-old lady, Dr Freda Paul, suffering from dementia.
This case has similarities with the Yang Yin fraud, with both involving granting of a Power of Attorney for the culprits who then used that to revoke the earlier wills to serve their own interests. The two Indian nationals who came here on a work pass, employed at a construction site, have also been able to get permanent residence here.
Why is it so easy to revoke wills and get a power of attorney in Singapore? Will not the relevant authorities apply proper due diligence in such instances, particularly when it involves elderly single women suffering from dementia?
G Joslin Vethakumar