Mohamad Hussain Abdul Aziz declared BankruptDecember 2nd, 2008 - 12:54 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Mohamad Hussain Abdul Aziz, 38, declared himself a bankrupt in Singapore and moved his family to Johor as it was cheaper to live there. He was jailed six weeks on Monday for leaving Singapore without getting clearance from the Official Assignee. He also admits of committing 20 offences in March and April.
Mohamad Hussain rented out his four-room Jurong flat for $1,500 in June last year due to his financial problems heard by a district court. He and his family (his wife and five daughters), then moved into his brother’s four-room flat in Toa Payoh, where his mother also stays.
Early January Hussain decided to move to Johor where the monthly rent and utilities came up to only 800 ringgit.
His lawyer Remesha Chandran Pillai said: ‘My client did not commit the offences with the intention of running away or to evade responsibility, but rather to try and sort out his family situation.
‘A check of his passport shows that he was back in Singapore for almost every day of the period he was charged.’
Mohammed Hussain had committed the offences when ferrying his children, aged between six and 15, to schools here in his sister’s car, he added. Now a taxi driver, he could lose his job if jailed and may end up unable to support his family or repay his creditors,’ said Mr Pillai. Mohammed Hussain was declared a bankrupt in 2000 when his food business failed and he ended up owing more than $100,000 to several banks.
However,the judge said that the circumstances were not exceptional enough for him to escape jail time.
Earlier in the same court, another bankrupt was jailed two months.
Who made 247 unauthorised overseas trips between 2001 and last year, admitted to leaving the country without permission from the Official Assignee on 38 occasions from January 2006 till March 21 last year.
Under the law, bankrupts must get approval for travel outside Singapore and face jail terms of up to two years or fines of up to $10,000. There had been a rise in such offenders, with about 30 to 40 being prosecuted each year.
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