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Former union chief, Phey Yew Kok

Young Phey (right)

In October 2018, former union chief, Phey Yew Kok completed his 5 year jail term and became a free man in Singapore.

It was in December 1979 that Phey Yew Kok, as President of NTUC was charged for criminal breach of trust of union funds. He had stolen more than $200,000.

Phey jumped bail and stayed in anonymity in Thailand for 36 years. I suspect the authority knew his whereabouts but did nothing to bring him back to Singapore for reasons best know to itself.

Soon after the death of the former Prime Minister and Senior Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew died in 2015, Phey surrendered himself to the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok. He was escorted back to Singapore to face the music. He admitted he committed the crimes and was sent to jail.

When The Straits Times interviewed him two years ago, Phey apologised for his crimes and said he hoped he would be given a second chance.

I am glad that Phey survived his jail term and looked really well in the ST report. I hope he is still alive today because I know he has another confession to make.

In 1974, as NTUC chief, Phey accused Singapore University student leader, Tan Wah Piow and 2 marine industry workers of rioting inside his union premises. He was the star witness before Judge T S Sinnathuray who believed his testimony. As a consequence, Tan was sentenced to one year’s jail while the workers served four weeks each.

Tan has consistently denied that he was at the union premises when the alleged riot took place. His witnesses testified that he was outside the building. Indeed one Straits Times journalist testified that he saw Tan outside the union premises at the time the alleged rioting took place. But the judge ignored their testimonies.

Forty six years have passed since the grave injustice had been done to Tan Wah Piow and the two workers. Tan has written several books and articles claiming his innocence. These include FRAME-UP. When Phey went to jail in 2015, Tan also wrote to the attorney general requesting that he review his case in view of Phey’s convictions and the fact that Phey could shed light on what happened at the union premises. The attorney general declined to intervene.

Phey in his interview with the ST said that he hoped to be given a second chance. If he is alive and reading this article today, I hope he will explain why he had so grievously wronged Tan Wah Piow and the workers. It is the least he can and should do before he leaves this world to face his maker.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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14 Responses to “Former union chief, Phey Yew Kok”

  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    There are six things that the LORD strongly dislikes, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wi**** plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

    — Proverbs 6:16–19

    The 9th commandment:
    Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

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  • True ?:

    True ?
    If true…hope justice will be done.
    Still not too late to right any wrong.

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  • xoxo:

    Tan Wah Piow can also return to Motherland.
    He did not cheat the public like Phey did.
    Tan did not steal public funds but tried to speak out for the abused workers.
    Us that MORALLY wrong???

    Who is the REAL SINNER, the ACCUSER OR the accused?

    God knows…He’s watching from a distance.
    Listen to beautiful song by Bette Midler…

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    36年捉不到?
    骗3岁小孩?
    当然是共同吃共同抹嘴
    可想而知

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  • Will not happen now but..:

    If Phey Yew Kok contradicts the official narrative on the “riot” at union premises he will be sued until his pants drop and will die a bankrupt.

    What he can do is to video tape the his version on what really happened to be made public after his death.

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  • Pioneer:

    While he is now a free man, and his grey cells are still active, he should, while he’s alive, be brave to tell the people’s the untold stories happening during his times. This will allow him to clear his name for the future generations of citizens who come to know his name. Now is the time for him to take the initiative before heaven’s calling falls on him.

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    it is OBVIOUS they Knew where he was…he would open a can of WORMs then…and the Evil bast**d was still around…given grace to “HIDE” till the bast**d died, they allowed him to return…will he die Peacefully KNOWING the evil he did under orders???

    or…like the ISD Chief in his 90s B4 discovering the LOVE of Jesus and yet kept MUM on the evils they witness and did “Under Orders”…

    Mr Phey…come clean on Tan Wah Piow…you cannot be jailed for lying and forget about the CBT the Lies had and is still Committing LEEgal CBT…

    and when the Reaper comes he will hold your hands to the Light or Limbo to serve time but definitely not with an entourage of DEMONS calling for Payback from your Master Lie CONYOU…”i think you were conned too” sama2 poor Devan and I wonder his dying wish to be buried in Singapore is carried out by NTUC as promised to him by HO See Beng…Ah Beng is GONE…it is The Platters “Only You” left

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  • Foxy Wisdom:

    This world has gone foxy.
    Tell the truth, persecuted.
    Looks like out of 10 judges,
    only 1 qualifies for heaven.

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  • Usetankl less:

    LKY useless NTUC, made to make oppo BAD !!!

    as always that puppet LKY favourite tool, NTUC.

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  • Phey Yew Kok forgot something?:

    “Charity is in the heart of man, and righteousness in the path of men. Pity the man who has lost his path and does not follow it and who has lost his heart and does not know how to recover it. When people’s dogs and chicks are lost they go out and look for them and yet the people who have lost their hearts do not go out and look for them. The principle of self-cultivation consists in nothing but trying to look for the lost heart.”

    - Mencius the Sage

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Stated above :Quote -:”Forty six years have passed since the grave injustice had been done to Tan Wah Piow and the two workers. Tan has written several books and articles claiming his innocence. These include FRAME-UP. When Phey went to jail in 2015, Tan also wrote to the attorney general requesting that he review his case in view of Phey’s convictions and the fact that Phey could shed light on what happened at the union premises. The attorney general declined to intervene.

    Phey in his interview with the ST said that he hoped to be given a second chance. If he is alive and reading this article today, I hope he will explain why he had so grievously wronged Tan Wah Piow and the workers. It is the least he can and should do before he leaves this world to face his maker.

    Teo Soh Lung”Unquote .

    Response : I think I have read that copy of the book of Mr Tan Wah Piox .Cannot renember whether the title is called “Frame Up”.The content of that book is indeed very interesting a conspiracy of some forces .

    However e***b*** woman Teo Soh Lung must be so dumb to really think Mr Phey will reveal those events if he is still alive .How could the authority still let Mr Phey come back to Singapore if the authority cannot control that Mr Phey will not speak out ? And Mr Phey may face more charges if he speak out. And Mr Phey want to enjoy the rest of his life will definitely keep quiet.Till the day he died maybe fifty years from today, it is unlikely that Mr Phey will speak out .Maybe ask Mr Phey to record a video,keep it ,and when he died ,the video will be posted out .Everything will be clearly understood .Whoever got that video,may make a movie and earn millions.

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  • 2nd Chance For Tan Wah Prow:

    Phey Yew Kok,

    You asked to be given a second chance. You were lightly sentenced to fivd years imprisonment but came out in three years, fir good behaviour. You have been given a second chance. Now you are a free man.

    What about giving Tan Wah Piow a second chance too?

    I am sure your conscience will continue to prick you without respite until your dying breath.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Maybe this guy know too many secrets and also he can threaten to tell social media about how regime set up Tan Wah Piow if he is persecuted.
    So makes sense regime let him stay in Thailand so long.

    Also now old Despot is dead and son Despot is old and cancer-ridden maybe don’t last long so he confident he can come back to enjoy his money and first class living after he get his slap on the wrist.

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  • Merobok:

    This unassuming ex-NTUC leader must have felt very lonely while staying in Thailand! He must have heard from sources that his wife was taken to task for not muzzling her puppy which had bitten a member of the public!
    We wonder if his conscience ever pricked him all these time even while in prison? Unless he like many have no conscience whatsoever! Unless he changes his facial appearance,it would difficult for him to move around or to sit in a coffeeshop or hawker centre to catch up with his old comrades in the NTUC and especially from Silo!
    This is one slime bred by the NTUC and PAP, which is not easily forgotten!

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