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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Singapore terrorist arrested in Batam, Indonesia

A Singaporean, Lim Yong Nam, wanted by the United States for terrorism Iran has been arrested in Batam, Indonesia.

Lim Yong Nam’s name was on an Interpol Red Notice in connection with conspiracy to defraud the United States.

The US Department of Justice has requested that the Indonesian police arrest Lim Yong Nam and extradite him to the US, but the Singaporean government has been carrying out efforts to stop its citizen from being extradited, arguing that he did not violate the law.

In Lim Yong Nam’s case, he had—together with three other Singaporeans and an Iranian national—been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2011 for conspiring to allow electronics components from the US to be illegally exported to Iran rather than to their stated final destination of Singapore.

Lim was the owner and director of NEL Electronics, and was accused of acquiring 6,000 radio frequency modules for export to Iran together with Ms. Wong Yuh Lan, an agent of another electronics company.

The US alleged that 16 of the modules were later found in improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq that had not detonated and were designed to kill U.S. troops in Iraq.

The US had sought the extradition of all four Singaporeans, but Singapore Justice Choo Han Teck allowed Lim’s appeal, together with that of Ms. Wong, then 39, as it found the wrongdoing he was accused of by the US authorities was not an offence in Singapore.

Choo Han Teck

Choo Han Teck

Justice Choo Han Teck said the actions of the two did not satisfy the “double criminality” required under the extradition treaty between Singapore and the US, which means the act had to be an offence in both jurisdictions.

Justice Choo Han Teck noted that the US sought the extradition of Lim Yong Nam and Ms. Wong (a.k.a. Huang Yulan, Jancy Wong and Yuh Lan Wong) for their involvement in a conspiracy to breach trade sanctions of goods, even though Singapore had no such comparative legislation.

The other two Singaporeans were, however, extradited as they had illegally exported military-use antennas, which are controlled goods, to Singapore.

Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the US by dishonest means, and were sentenced by a US federal court in 2013. Lim Kow Seng, then 44, was handed a 37-month prison term while Benson Hia Soo Gan (a.k.a. Benson, Soo Gan Benson Hia and Thomas Yan), then 46, got a 34-month jail term.

Lim Yong Nam made a serious blunder by leaving Singapore, where he had been protected by the strange decision of Justice Choo Han Tack.

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