Chiew Yung is a Consultant Forensic Scientist and founding partner of The Forensic Experts Group, Singapore. She has more than 14 years of experience in forensic science, specialising in the area of forensic document examination.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree in Chemistry with Additional Studies in Japan from the University of Salford in the UK. As part of the program, she studied courses in Chemistry and Japanese at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She also has a Master of Forensic Sciences Administration degree (Questioned Documents track) and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Examination of Questioned Documents from Oklahoma State University, USA.
She began her first job as a chemist at the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board. She joined the Document Examination Laboratory (currently known as the Forensic Chemistry and Physics Laboratory or FCPL) at the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in 2002, and was promoted to Senior Forensic Scientist in 2007. As Document Examination team leader in FCPL, she assisted the Laboratory Director in laboratory management, quality assurance, client engagement, and the training and development of laboratory staff. Chiew Yung’s technical expertise was used in spearheading the development of a new service to the Health Products Regulation Group (HPRG) in HSA to assist in their counterfeit drugs investigations. This new service involved examination of the packaging of suspected counterfeit products to determine if packaging materials could be used as forensic evidence in counterfeit cases. She also contributed to Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) investigations by examining packaging materials of drugs to determine the possible source of these materials, and to provide linkages between the suspects, if any. Chiew Yung accumulated 11 years’ experience working in the government forensic laboratory in Singapore, before embarking on her career as Consultant Forensic Scientist at The Forensic Experts Group, Singapore in October 2013.
Chiew Yung has reported on cases covering the various aspects of Questioned Documents including the examination of handwriting and signatures in English, Chinese and other languages written in Romanised scripts, tampering, printing, stamp impressions, inks, paper, handwriting impressions, counterfeits and packaging materials. She has worked on hundreds of cases, including those from overseas e.g. Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, USA, etc, and has given evidence as an expert witness in the courts (both local and overseas) and at a disciplinary hearing. Since 2011, she has been a member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE), the oldest and largest organization in the world dedicated to the profession. She became a provisional ASCLD/LAB International (ISO 17025) Assessor in 2009.
Chiew Yung has been invited to conduct forensic training for local and overseas institutions and agencies. She conducted a training programme on English handwriting and signatures examination and quality assurance at the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Taiwan in 2012, and was an invited speaker at seminars on forensic document examination in Thailand in 2016 and in China in 2017. She has lectured at the Nanyang Technological University for their Forensic Science Module, delivered lectures or workshops for the Attorney General’s Chambers, State Courts, Commercial Affairs Department, other Home Affairs departments, and Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, and provided training programmes for banks, school enrichment programmes and career talks.
She underwent foundation training in Questioned Documents from 2002 to 2004, and has participated in annual external proficiency testing since 2003. Her professional training included overseas and local courses, seminars, forensic workshops, laboratory attachment and equipment vendor training. She also attended and presented her research at overseas forensic conferences organised by the ASQDE, the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS), and the International Symposium of Forensic Science and Environmental Health (ISFE). A recent research paper on the handwriting of adolescents in Singapore was published in the Journal of the ASQDE in 2016. In 2017, she co-authored a book “Forensic Science – Briefs for the Legal Practitioner” with the other senior forensic scientists in TFEG.
The founding partners of TFEG, including Chiew Yung, were featured in the local Chinese daily “Lianhe Zaobao” article on forensic science in Singapore in 2016. Her work as a forensic scientist was also featured in other newspaper articles, TV programmes and documentaries. In recognition of her good customer service, she was awarded the SPRING Singapore Excellent Service Award (EXSA) 2012 (Gold Award) and the HSA Outstanding Service to Customers Award 2011.