Is there any hidden agenda in CHC's case?


Attempts by the City Harvest Church (CHC) to quietly raise funds for their 6 church leaders including Kong Hee, to fight their legal cases, have been stopped by the Commissioner of Charities (COC).
Among the 6 accused, 5 have hired the elite Senior Counsels while Kong Hee has hired PAP MP of Moulmein-Kallang GRC, Edwin Tong, who is a Partner in Allen & Gledhill. The legal cost to represent them in court is likely to exceed $1 million each.
According to some CHC members, they received a donation form last week during a zone meeting, which is a combined meeting for cell groups under a church pastor.
Dated 6 Aug, the form stated that the donations would be deposited into the bank accounts of 2 CHC pastors. It also said that it is seeking funds as a “personal gift” to their 6 leaders. At the meeting, it was mentioned that the legal fees of their leaders could be well taken care of if 7,500 people can give $2,000 each, which works out to be $15 million in total, giving the 6 accused $2.5 million each to help fight their cases. Any remainder would be donated back to the church for general expense use.
COC then warned CHC of getting any of its employees to help raise funds to pay the legal fees of the 6 currently facing criminal charges.
COC said, “The Commissioner of Charities’ (COC) office had earlier issued a Restriction Order to the Board of City Harvest Church (CHC) to restrict CHC from paying the legal fees of the six accused persons and entering into transactions relating to payment of services to the suspended individuals and their related entities, without the approval of the COC.”
“The COC has informed CHC that the church and/or its employees should not be involved in raising funds for the legal expenses or setting up a specific fund for this purpose.”
In response, CHC now said that the donation form was no longer being used. It said the pastors involved have relinquished their roles in the effort, and added that “the church was unaware of any new fund-raising efforts that are currently taking place”.
It is strange that CHC is involving its employees to help raise funds for the accused when few weeks ago on 29 Jul, CHC’s executive pastor, Mr Aries Zulkarnain, specifically told the executive members of CHC, “The COC has expressly prohibited the Church from using any funds of the Church to assist in the defense of the individuals. So, as a church, we cannot and should not use church funds or raise funds on their behalf.”
He did however, give his consent to members to raise funds for Kong Hee and his cohort in their own capacity.
Kong Hee and 5 other CHC leaders were arrested in Jun and charged with conspiring to cheat the church of millions of dollars. Some $24 million of church’s funds was allegedly transferred to two companies as bond investments – $13 million to Xtron Productions and $11 million to Firna. It’s been charged that these were “sham transactions” devised to conceal the diversion of the church’s building fund to finance the pop music career of celebrity Sun Ho, Kong’s wife.
When questions about the investments were raised, another $26.6 million was allegedly misappropriated from the church’s funds – $11.4 million to AMAC Capital Partners and $15.2 million to Xtron Productions. This $26.6 million was believed to have been used to create the impression that the sham bonds had been fully “redeemed”, a process called “round-tripping” to cover the tracks of the earlier $24 million. In this manner, millions of dollars were allegedly transferred and used to build Sun Ho’s music career in the US.
According to Kong Hee, his $1 million bail was posted by his father-in-law.
In his statement to the press, he said he is confident that he will be vindicated.
All 6 have pleaded not guilty to the charges. A pre-trial conference of the case will be heard on 30 Aug next week.
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“When any organization becomes too big and rich, somehow they are short lived and our govt will step in.
Like Ren Ci and NKF both now headed by someone selected by govt.
I think they scared such organizations turned anti-PAP and support opposition parties financially.
It’s politics.”
That is the “fact” of the case, what CHC does should be questioned by it’s own board and if ethics are not right, it’s members should act, no point washing dirty linen in public, it makes people lose hope in christianity, God will be the final judge of all things.

– Contributed by Oogle.

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