After 30 years on the run, the Law has finally caught up with a former HDB officer who had forged more than 100 works order documents. The man, Hew Chong Wai, 53, admitted to 18 counts of forgery, after he was arrested by Malaysia authorities last month in Seremban. Another 110 charges of forgery were taken into consideration. he was sentenced to 42 weeks in jail.
Hew was a housing and maintenance inspector attached to HDB's Clementi West office in 1987, when he forged the signatures of two senior HDB officers for 18 works order, which were then worth over S$25,000. The sanitary works were not carried out, and subsequent investigations uncovered more than a hundred other forged work documents. Hew was a Malaysian and he had his then Malaysia Restricted Passport seized when investigations were carried against him back in 1988. Despite the seizure, and knowing that he was wanted by Corrupt Practices and Investigation Bureau officers, Hew fled from Singapore.