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Ronald Loh
Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Singapore, Crime

Kong Hee lied to church members

The Straits Times | Ronald Loh | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

You lied. You used me. You shortchanged the faith of church members.

Chew Eng Han's explosive accusations were made bluntly and pointedly at the pastor he followed for two decades.

Facing the fire on the stand yesterday was City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee.

Chew also told the court that when he was CHC's fund manager, he created "well-structured" and legal bond agreements for the church.

But he admitted they became "sham bonds" from the way they were used.

Chew also claimed that singer Sun Ho's successful music career was a farce and fooled many, including himself, into believing in CHC's Crossover Project.

These damning allegations by an accused come after the prosecution's case that Kong, Chew and four other CHC leaders allegedly misused more than $50 million of church money through sham bonds. (See report above.)

Some of this money was allegedly used to fund the music career of singer-pastor Sun Ho through two companies - music production firm Xtron and glass manufacturer Firna.

Yesterday, Chew continued his cross-examination of co-accused Kong, the second accused to take the stand after former board member John Lam.

Chew, who quit the church last year, went for the jugular from the start. He fired one allegation after another at his former pastor.

Within just five minutes into the hearing, Chew accused Kong of lying to the Commercial Affairs Department.

Chew is representing himself after discharging his lawyer in May.

Chew also asserted that the music success of Ho was "not real".

For example, he said she did not sing at the 2007 Special Olympics in Shanghai contrary to claims on the Crossover Project's website.

While Kong admitted Ho did not attend the sporting event, he said: "I have no reason to doubt that the song that she recorded was a song used in the Special Olympics for 2007."

Chew also presented an e-mail to the court showing that various church members, including Ho herself, had spent about $30,000 on Ho's singles using iTunes giftcards.

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