Shocking Crimes That Have Shaken Singapore Since 1965

The following stories were first published in The Straits Times Star E-books app in July 2015 as an e-book titled Guilty As Charged: 25 Crimes That Have Shaken Singapore Since 1965. The publication was a collaboration between The Straits Times and the Singapore Police Force.

We are now releasing some stories from the book here at the ST website over five days – from Saturday, May 14, to Wednesday, May 18. If you would like to get reminders and links to the new stories each day,

Foreword by Hoong Wee Teck, Commissioner of Police, Singapore Police Force

Singapore has made remarkable progress over the last 50 years to become the city state that is famous for its economic prosperity, social harmony, as well as safety and security.

Our crime rate is one of the lowest in the world today. However, the streets of Singapore in the early years of independence were not quite like what they are today. We were besieged by secret society activities and syndicated crimes involving the rampant use of firearms which gripped the nation in fear.

The safe Singapore we all enjoy living in today is the fruits of our pioneers’ labour. Not only did pioneer Singapore Police Force (SPF) officers rise to the occasion time and again to bring criminals to justice, they were also motivated by the collective will of fellow Singaporeans to build a safer Singapore.

This e-book records 25 of the more prominent cases since 1965 and bears testament to the dedication and commitment of SPF officers — past and present — to uphold justice.

As a police officer, I experienced first-hand the amount of hard work and long hours our officers put in to uphold the law and bring criminals to justice.

Indeed, it is my privilege and pleasure to work with these elite men and women to keep Singaporeans safe and secure.

Our SPF officers will continue to remain resolute in our mission to make Singapore the safest place in the world.

Introduction by Melvin Yong, director, Public Affairs Department, Singapore Police Force (Mr Yong is now with NTUC and a Tanjong Pagar GRC MP)

Besides serving as a veritable record of our success in crime solving, this collection of stories is a reflection of how far we have come to build a safe and secure Singapore as one people.

All the cases featured in this book made headlines and grabbed the attention of our people. Some of these cases also proved to be the catalysts for enhancements to our legislative framework.

The commitment and dedication of our officers to bring criminals to justice are the foundations on which the Singapore Police Force has built an enduring relationship of trust with our community. Many cases were solved with assistance from people from all walks of life. The strong community support is a key motivation and inspiration for our officers, especially when the going gets tough.

Through this book, we hope readers will remember the collective efforts of our pioneer generation to mould Singapore into the safe country we enjoy today. More importantly, it serves to remind us that while Singapore remains a safe city, we have to be vigilant always to prevent and deter crime.

WARNING: Some contents in these stories may be disturbing for some individuals.

The Sunny Ang trial (1965)

KILLER: Sunny Ang Soo Suan killed his 22-year-old girlfriend after taking out a host of insurance policies on her life. PHOTO: ST FILE

Sunny Ang Soo Suan thought he had committed the perfect murder when his girlfriend disappeared at sea. He stood to gain from the insurance policies he began buying for Ms Jenny Cheok Cheng Kid shortly after they met.

 The case of Mimi Wong (1970)

Mimi Wong Weng Siu was the first woman to be sent to the gallows after Singapore’s independence. PHOTO: ST FILE

The dance hostess was the first woman to get the death penalty in Singapore for murdering her Japanese lover’s wife. Her husband also went to the gallows for the murder.

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