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Wife of Coastal Oil’s Tan Sing Hwa saddled with debt to the tune of USD 131 million

Based on the ironclad terms of a jointly held loan of USD 1.94 million, wife of Tan Sing Hwa is now liable for separate loans taken out for Coastal Oil HK and Singapore.

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Editor: The following article is a summary of the full 32-page judgement from the High Court of the Republic of Singapore. The complete document published on 4 June 2020 is available here.

The wife of Tan Sing Hwa, namely Lim Sor Choo, has been saddled with debt of USD 131 million, according to a High Court of the Republic of Singapore judgement seen by Manifold Times on Monday (15 June).

Tan Sing Hwa and his wife Lim Sor Choo in 2011 was approved for a loan of USD 1.94 million from Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) to finance a property; and in 2016 Tan Sing Hwa signed on a second loan from OCBC Hong Kong to fund two of his companies namely Coastal Oil (HK) Limited and Coastal Oil Singapore Pte Ltd.

The 2011 loan term stated that Lim is also jointly liable for any sums owed by Tan to OCBC, including any interests and costs incurred. The 2011 loan term was also in effect for Tan’s second loan in 2016.

The loan application for Coastal Oil (HK) Limited and Coastal Oil Singapore Pte Ltd was approved in 2017 based on a letter of guarantee provided by Tan that Coastal Oil HK would be liable for any debts owed by both companies.

Subsequently, when Coastal Oil Singapore was liquidated in 2018, the bank repeatedly approached Tan to make full payments on the amounts due but Tan did not respond even when the bank took legal action in January 2019.

This granted the bank default judgment for Tan’s loans from OCBC which amounted to the sum of USD 131 million. As such, the bank decided to take action against Lim in June 2019, as stated in the terms of the 2011 loan term. 

Lim appealed to the judiciary system that at the time of signing, neither she nor the banks would have known that Tan would incur debts to the tune of hundreds of millions and therefore she should not be liable for the sum.

Judiciary Commissioner Dedar Singh Gill has rejected her appeal reasoning that the terms of the loan are drafted ‘unambiguously’ and it is common for banks to adopt the broadest terms when drafting terms of a loan in order to minimise losses. 

Manifold Times previously reported Coastal Oil’s forgery scandal which involved Ong Ah Huat and Huang Peishi’s alleged operations with Tan Sing Hwa and Carol Zong to embezzle funds from a Singapore bank account to Hong Kong.

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Published: 17 June, 2020

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Singapore: Convicted Hin Leong founder O.K. Lim to sell another bungalow for SGD 43 million

Third good class bungalow (GCB) in Tanglin Hill is owned by the former tycoon, who is waiting to be sentenced on 3 October, and his daughter Lim Huey Ching.

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The Founder of Hin Leong Trading, Lim Oon Kuin, also known as O.K. Lim, is looking to sell another one of his bungalows after he was convicted on two charges of cheating and one charge of instigating forgery for the purpose of cheating in May, according to news reports on Friday (21 June).

The third good class bungalow (GCB) in Tanglin Hill is owned by the former tycoon, who is waiting to be sentenced on 3 October, and his daughter Lim Huey Ching. 

The SGD 43 million property at 1K Tanglin Hill is being put up for tender and will close on 19 July. 

Lim reportedly sold his other GCB at 5 Second Avenue for SGD 33.39 million in October 2021 to the family of Mr Tan Yeow Khoon, former executive chairman of delisted logistics company Cogent Holdings.

In November 2023, his bungalow at 20 Third Avenue sold in November 2023 to a Singapore family for SGD 26.5 million. 

Manifold Times recently reported OK Lim, being convicted on the three charges after a trial of over 60 days.

The 82-year-old was first charged in court on 14 August 2020, and was subsequently handed further charges in court on 25 September 2020, 30 April 2021 and 24 June 2021 for his role in perpetuating fraud on various financial institutions. 

A total of 130 charges were eventually brought against him for cheating and forgery-related offences, and Lim claimed trial to these charges.

The trial proceeded on three charges:

  • Two charges of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code, and,
  • One charge of instigating forgery for the purpose of cheating under Section 468 read with Section 109 of the Penal Code.

Lim faces imprisonment of up to 10 years and shall also be liable to a fine for each charge under Section 420 of the Penal Code and Section 468 read with Section 109 of the Penal Code.

An extensive coverage by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times regarding the fall of Hin Leong can be found below:

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Published: 24 June, 2024

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Shipowner and captain fined for using heavy fuel oil around Svalbard

Foreign shipping company has been fined NOK 1 million for having sailed one of its cargo ships with heavy fuel oil on board within the territorial waters around Svalbard; captain has been fined NOK 30,000.

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A foreign shipping company has been fined NOK 1 million (USD 94,632) for having sailed one of its ships with heavy fuel oil on board within the territorial waters around Svalbard, which is a breach of the Svalbard Environment Act, according to the Governor of Svalbard on Thursday (13 June). 

In addition, the captain has been fined NOK 30,000.

On 6 June 2024, the cargo ship passed into Svalbard's territorial waters, despite the vessel having heavy fuel oil on board, which was established by an inspection carried out by inspectors from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate on the same day.

“This is a breach of Section 82a of the Svalbard Environment Act, which stipulates that ships calling at Svalbard cannot use or have heavy fuel oil as a means of transport. The provision applies to the whole of Svalbard and was introduced on 1 January 2022,” Lars Fause said. 

For the violation of Section 82a of the Svalbard Environment Act, the Governor of Svalbard has issued a forfeiture order against the foreign shipping company of NOK 1,000,000. In addition, the captain of the ship has been fined NOK 30,000.

“It is the first time that the Governor has fined a company in connection with a breach of the heavy oil provision on Svalbard,” he added. 

The fines have not been accepted. The shipping company provided a guarantee for the sum of the fine and was thus allowed to sail down from Svalbard on Wednesday evening, 12 June.

The main hearing in the case is scheduled for the Nord-Troms district court in early October.

 

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Published: 20 June, 2024

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Singapore: Xihe Capital liquidator issues notice of intended dividend

Xihe Capital Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

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A notice to declare intended dividend of Nan Shan Maritime Pte Ltd to its creditors has been posted on the Government Gazette on Monday (10 June).

Xihe Capital Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

The following are the details of the notice of intended dividend:

Name of Company : XIHE CAPITAL (PTE.) LTD. (IN CREDITORS’ VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION)
Unique Entity No. / Registration No. : 201727410K
Address of Registered Office : 10 ANSON ROAD, #10-10,INTERNATIONAL PLAZA, SINGAPORE 079903
Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 2 JULY 2024
Name of Liquidator : TAM CHEE CHONG
Address : c/o 10 ANSON ROAD, #10-10, INTERNATIONAL PLAZA, SINGAPORE 079903

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Published: 19 June 2024

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