CAD charges are against individuals, not the church: DPM Teo

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Home Affairs Minister, has weighed in on the arrests of the five senior members of the City Harvest Church on Tuesday morning, following a Commercial Affairs Department investigation into financial irregularities at the church.

DPM Teo said: 'I would like to stress that the charges filed by CAD are against five individuals from the City Harvest Church (CHC) regarding the use of Church funds. They are not filed against CHC itself. The CHC is free to continue its church services and activities.'

He said that the CAD carries out investigations upon receiving information that a criminal offence may have been committed, and it had previously also investigated the National Kidney Foundation and Ren Ci.

'As the matter is now before the courts, we should let the law take its course and avoid speculation or making pre-judgements that may unnecessarily stir up emotions,' he said.