Ah Long San, Singapore’s most notorious loan shark, has died – here are 5 things about his life of crime

Chua Tiong Tiong aka Ah Long San’s death has been classified as unnatural.
The Straits Times

One of Singapore’s most notorious criminal, Ah Long San, passed away earlier this week.

According to a report in The Straits Times, the convicted loan shark was alone in a car parked along the roadside in Geylang, when he suffered a suspected heart attack.

Police confirmed a 62-year-old man was found motionless at the junction of Lorong 31 Geylang and Sims Avenue on Monday (Aug 27) morning, and was pronounced dead after he was sent to the hospital.

Investigations are ongoing and the case has been classified as unnatural death.

  1. He ran one of the biggest illegal money-lending syndicate in Singapore

Ah Long San, whose real name is Chua Tiong Tiong, ran a multi-million-dollar illegal loansharking business in the nineties; aided by his brother and about 40 runners.

Raking in about S$500,000 a month, his syndicate was one of the biggest and Chua gave the law the slip for more than a decade thanks to tip-offs by police officers he bribed.

2. He was an expert at giving the law the slip

He reportedly entertained law enforcers at nightclubs and bought them holidays in exchange for information about raids. Sums of S$5,000 to S$10,000 were handed out to those who warned Chua beforehand about crackdowns.

3. He paid someone to study law and join the police force

In 1994, Chua sponsored a young man to study law in the UK and even encouraged him to join the police force. The man eventually rose to the rank of assistant superintendent and was only 29 years old when he was caught and jailed for 18 months in 2000 for aiding Chua in his criminal activities.

4. He was initially convicted in 1999

Chua was investigated for loan shark activities in 1995 and was given an 18-month jail sentence in 1999 for bribing a police officer. But while appealing the sentence, he jumped his S$550,000 bail and went on the run before surrendering himself in 2001.

5. He was finally jailed together with the officers her bribed

Chua was eventually given a 10-year sentence for bribing law enforcers between 1997 and 1998; and ten police officers were also arrested for the involvement in the corruption scandal.