SINGAPORE: A man who lied in his application for Singapore citizenship and went on to represent the country in polo games was sentenced to jail for two weeks on Thursday (Jul 18). Abdul Sattar Khan, 53, was born in Pakistan and has been described as the “highest-ranked Singapore polo player”. He first tried to become a Singapore permanent resident in 2000 after he was offered a job at the Singapore Polo Club, claimed the defence. However, Khan was unsuccessful in that application. He tried again six years later with forged educational documents and successfully attained Singapore permanent residence. He was given Singapore citizenship three years after this. Khan, who is a polo manager at the Singapore Polo Club, then managed to gain Singapore citizenship for his son in 2010. The court heard that Khan’s first lie to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) was in Jan 24, 2000, when he stated falsely in his application for permanent residence that he had attended “Garden East School, Pakistan” for his secondary-level education. He had not attended this school, nor did he attach any certificate with his application, which was rejected. He tried again in April 2006, going to the ICA building and stating that he attended Ibrahim Ali Bhai Secondary School… Read full this story
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