City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee: This is a difficult time for me

City Harvest Church (CHC) founder and senior pastor Kong Hee and his wife Ho Yeow Sun at the State Courts on Oct 21, 2015.
City Harvest Church (CHC) founder and senior pastor Kong Hee and his wife Ho Yeow Sun at the State Courts on Oct 21, 2015.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee, who was convicted on Wednesday (Oct 21) of multi-million dollar fraud, said it is a difficult time for him and his family, in his first public comments following the verdict.

"This is a difficult time for me, and especially for my family, just as it is for the other co-accused persons," Kong, 51, wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday (Oct 22) addressed to his church and supporters.

He added: "As was the case throughout these past three years of court trial, and the earlier two years of investigation, I have put my faith and my all in God, and trust that whatever the outcome, He will use it for good in His time and in His way."

The Court had found Kong guilty of three counts of criminal breach of trust in a long-running court case involving the misuse of $50 million in church funds.

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Kong asked his supporters to continue praying for him and those involved in the trial.

"The days and steps ahead are challenging, but with God's grace and love, I have no fear. The Lord Jesus, my Good Shepherd, will lead and guide. I will obey, I will follow, by faith," he said.

Kong's lawyer, Senior Counsel Edwin Tong, told reporters on Wednesday that he needed to study the written grounds of decision before deciding whether or not to appeal.