| Wife of fallen Chinese leader a S’pore PR? |
The Bo Xilai case has been garnering much attention online.
There have been claims that she is a Singapore permanent resident but no one has been able to confirm it.
While there has been no clue from authorities here, the strongest assertion came a few days ago when a Chinese journalist told Voice of America (VOA) that Gu Kailai, wife of Chinese leader Bo Xilai, has residency status in Singapore.
The journalist, Jiang Weiping, told VOA that “not only does (Madam Gu) has a Hong Kong identity card, she also has a Singapore green card”.
The report in Chinese ran on VOA’s website on 10 April.
Mr Jiang added that Mdm Gu, who is law-trained, moved assets to Singapore in 1998 and sent her son here to study English.
During this period, she globetrotted for three to five years and spent a lot of time in Singapore and the United Kingdom, he said.
Mr Jiang was a reporter in Frontline, a Hong Kong-based newspaper that sought to expose corruption within the Chinese government.
The award-winning journalist spent several years in a prison in China after he was arrested for probing too deep in the affairs of Mr Bo and two other politicians, one of whom has been convicted and executed for graft.
Mdm Gu, 53, is now being detained for an alleged involvement in the murder of a British businessman linked to her family.
Her arrest came just after her charismatic husband fell from power.
Mr Bo was tipped to join the highest decision-making panel in the Chinese government until he was ousted as Chongqing party chief and suspended from the Chinese communist party’s central committee.
He is now being investigated for “serious disciplinary violations”.