Wednesday, December 29, 2010

His And Her Story In Singapore

She left life in a soyabean farm and the harsh winters of Hielongjiang province, China, to seek a better life in October 2009. Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) let her in as a foreign talent to work as an assistant supervisor in an Indian restaurant at Jalan Besar. The real money was made on the side as a hostess at the Club Infinitude karaoke lounge of Outram Road. By March 2010, she was earning top dollar, commanding $800 for an overnight personal engagement.

He attended the best schools in Singapore and University of California, Berkeley, in USA. After graduation, at 24, he worked at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) between 1995 and 2001, and became Vice President of their real estate arm. In 2001, he was already CEO of Roundtree Capital, a company with US$5 billion in investments in Asia.

But the tragic confluence of two disparate lives climaxed not at Verona, but in a multi-million dollar bungalow at exclusive Sentosa Cove. The state coroner recorded that she undressed for a skinny dip in the private lap pool of the mansion in the early morning hours, her untimely death by drowning at age 24 ruled a misadventure. There can be no better illustration of how ugly a Gini coefficient inequality can serve up. The Bard penned these words:
"The sun, for sorrow will not show its head:
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe..."


  1. No one to blame except herself. "Her eyes were open" after all.

  2. The MSM is articulate enough not to mention his father, Mr. Chua Thian Poh of Ho Bee fame. Perhaps being a front man for the regime, it's not so nice to even suggest the relationship.

    I am of the same age as Adrian Chua, and I also went to good schools. But not matter how hard I try, I can never become what he is today. Because my father is a peasant.

    Likewise, for Hongyan, she is attractive and young, and no matter how hard she tries, she can never earn SGD800 a night in Heilongjiang. Because her father is a farmer.