City Harvest Church trial: Crossover Project was not about herself, says pop singer Sun Ho

Pop singer Sun Ho (left) arriving at the State Courts on May 19, 2015, with her husband Kong Hee (centre), founder of City Harvest Church, and Senior Counsel Edwin Tong. -- PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Pop singer Sun Ho (left) arriving at the State Courts on May 19, 2015, with her husband Kong Hee (centre), founder of City Harvest Church, and Senior Counsel Edwin Tong. -- PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - The Crossover Project at the centre of the City Harvest Church trial was "always about the church" and not about herself, said pop singer Sun Ho on Tuesday.

Testifying in court, where she is on the stand for the first time since the City Harvest trial started in May 2013, Ms Ho also said she believed the project was a success.

She was called to the stand as a witness by City Harvest Church's former investment manager Chew Eng Han on the 136th day of the trial.

But Ms Ho, said she was never aware of album sales because she was too busy.

Chew is among a group of six church leaders, including Ms Ho's husband and church founder Kong Hee, accused of misusing church money to bankroll her secular music career.

The six people are alleged to have misappropriated $24 million in church building funds through sham bond investments in the music production firm Xtron and glass manufacturer Firna, and another $26 million to cover it up.

The church leaders wanted to use the Crossover Project to spread the gospel through Ms Ho's music.

amirh@sph.com.sg