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City Harvest trial: Founder Kong Hee said he did his part to ensure church funds used properly

Published on Aug 11, 2014 7:44 PM
 
Kong Hee leaving State Courts during lunch break on 11 Aug 2014. City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee took the stand for the first time on Monday during the ongoing City Harvest trial, and insisted that he did his part to make sure the use of church funds was above board. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee took the stand for the first time on Monday during the ongoing City Harvest trial, and insisted that he did his part to make sure the use of church funds was above board.

He had made sure that auditors and lawyers, including a senior counsel, looked into the church's transactions, and put his faith into advice given by his "confidante" and respected auditor Foong Daw Ching.

Even though Mr Foong testified last September that he could not recall what advice he had given, Kong said the auditor "took it upon himself to keep an eye on all our accounts". "In fact, he made me a promise that if something was wrong, he would contact me," said Kong.

Kong and five of his deputies face various charges for their part in allegedly misusing some $50 million in church funds to boost Kong's wife Ho Yeow Sun's pop music career, and to cover this up. The defence has consistently said her music was part of a church-approved project to evangelise.

 
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