This is the account as revealed by the COC.
The Crossover Project
In 2002, City Harvest founders Kong Hee and his wife Ho Yeow Sun, also known as Sun Ho, embarked on a "Crossover Project". The stated intention was to use Sun Ho's secular music to connect with people and reach out to non-Christians.
In 2003, an individual alleged in the media that the charity was funding Sun Ho's music career.
However, this individual eventually issued a public apology and retracted his allegations. Facing media scrutiny, City Harvest issued press statements, as well as representations to its church members, that they had not funded Sun Ho's career.
However, COC's statement today indicated that City Harvest's funds were indeed used to fund the Crossover Project.
COC said that over a period of three years, from 2007 to 2010, at least $23 million was used. Executive members were not told of the actual purpose of the use of these funds.
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|Ho Yeow Sun questioned, June 16, 2010
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|City Harvest probed, June 1, 2010
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|City Harvest's new home at Suntec
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