Who is Raymond Yeung?
Man linked to Ming Yi's court case over a $50,000 loan is given to extravagant tastes
By Carolyn Quek
Raymond Yeung got a job despite not having a work pass, a major loan and even a supplementary credit card, thanks to the generosity of his friend and former employer Ming Yi.
When Raymond Yeung, 33, was released after a police interview on March 26 last year, it was Ming Yi who met him and took him back to Cornwall Gardens, where the Buddhist monk has an apartment.
Yeung was crying, Ming Yi said. He wanted to apologise for the mess surrounding a $50,000 loan, now the subject of a court case.
That night, Ming Yi stayed in the apartment off Holland Road. A few art pieces hung on its walls, pieces that both men had bought together from a Raffles City shop.
It is not known how Ming Yi got to know Yeung, an Australian citizen who last lived in Hong Kong.
Yeung spent his primary and secondary school years in Macau, then went to Melbourne for a year of high school before taking up a year-long course in hotel operations there.
He returned to Hong Kong, where he worked as a front-desk officer at a hotel and a flight steward. He moved to Singapore in 2001 to become personal executive to Ming Yi, then Ren Ci Hospital's chief executive officer.
It has since emerged, from court testimony, that Yeung did not initially have an employment pass to work here. His applications for the pass had been turned down several times.
He eventually obtained a pass in November 2004 and was granted permanent residency in 2006.