Kimly Executive Chairman Lim: To continue with role after arrest

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Kimly Executive Chairman Lim Hee Liat said on Wednesday that he and Executive Director Chia Cher Khiang, who were arrested by Singapore’s Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) and then released on bail, would continue to carry out their roles at the company.

“Both Mr. Chia and myself have cooperated fully with the authorities during the current investigation and will continue to do so. There have been no formal charges issued against us,” Lim said in a statement which was emailed to Shenton Wire. 
“We will continue to carry out our roles and responsibilities to ensure the smooth operation of Kimly in the meantime. We want to assure everyone that Kimly’s day-to-day operations remain unaffected, and our team remains focused on delivering Kimly’s growth and expansion plans,” Lim said. 

Singapore-style coffee shop operator Kimly said on Tuesday that Lim and Chia were arrested by the CAD for being concerned or reasonably suspected of being involved in an offence under the Securities and Futures Act section 199, which relates to making false or misleading statements.

The two were released on bail, Kimly said in a filing to SGX after the market close on Tuesday.

Last week, Kimly said that Singapore’s CAD and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) had requested documents and equipment related to its IPO and its acquisition, now cancelled, of Asian Story Corp. (ASC).

Kimly had said it was requested to produce documents related to the company’s IPO, its acquisition of ASC, IT equipment used by Lim, Chia and a former non-executive director, Ong Eng Sing, as well as corporate secretarial records from the beginning of 2016.

Documents related to the ASC acquisition were also requested, it said in last week’s filing.

Both Lim and Chia had told the board that they received similar requests from Singapore authorities in connection with a potential offence of the Securities and Futures Act section 199, Kimly had previously said.

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