Escape from Paradise, – Now being made into a movie!


The book’s sensational reviews!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
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One day in jail for fatal hit and run in Singapore!

Ms. Lim of fatal hit and run

Ms. Lim fatal hit and run driver

On April 17th, notoriously corrupt Singapore Justice Choo Han Teck reduced the sentence of a convicted of a fatal hit and run driver to only 1 day in jail.

The hit and run driver was Ms. Lim Hong Eng, the Executive Editor of Singapore’s Shin Ming Daily News. In Singapore, newspaper editors are always part of Singapore’s dreaded ISD, or Internal Security Division. This is how Singapore controls the news.

Ms Lim had already been sentenced to a jail term of 1 1/2 years by a lower court for driving while using her hand phone, then running a red light and striking a motorcyclist and his passenger. The passenger died, while the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries when he crashed into the windshield of Ms. Lim’s car.

Choo Han Teck

Choo Han Teck

In Singapore, when the rules are to be broken for “special” people, the case goes to Justice Choo.  When you get Justice Choo, you know the case has been rigged.

In this instance, corrupt Justice Choo decided to uphold the lower court’s conviction, but to reduce the sentence. Ms. Lim’s lawyer had suggested a “high fine”, instead of jail time. Justice Choo agreed and changed the sentence to 1 day’s jail with two fines totaling S$12,000 (US$8,000).

It was then “discovered” by the prosecutor that on the second charge for which a S$10,000 fine had been levied, the law had no provisions for a fine, only for a jail term.

Justice Choo had no choice but to remove the $10,000 fine. He did not substitute that with added jail time, stating that “in the circumstances, it will not be right to increase the custodial sentence to the detriment of the accused.”

The end result is that Ms. Lim was jailed for 1 day and fined S$2,000 (US$1,300) for the fatal hit and run. Ms. Lim was given credit for the time she spent in court as jail time, and served no time.

Justice Choo had illegally rigged another case for Singapore.

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