‘Proud’ CHC blogger wrote: What’s wrong with my Church using its own funds?
Posted by temasektimes on June 28, 2012
A female blogger by the name of Daphne who proclaimed herself as a ‘proud’ member of City Harvest Church (CHC) for the past 15 years has defended her beleaguered pastor Kong Hee on her blog and lashed out at his detractors.
The 47 year old founder of CHC was slapped with three charges of misusing the church’s funds to further the music career of his wife Ho Yeow Sun which could see him spend the rest of his life in prison.
Despite the gravity of the offences, many CHC members continue to support Kong Hee including Daphne who was surprised at the ‘fuss’ over CHC using its ‘own funds.’
In a blog post today, Daphne wrote she didn’t understand the criticisms hurled at Kong Hee by Singaporeans as CHC never solicited funds from the public:
“First of all, what I don’t understand is the vitriol and venom that’s coming from all the people who’ve never given a single cent to the church. Unlike other charities, the church has never once solicited funds from the public and all the money has come in from church members who believe in a cause and gave out of their own free will.”
She asserted the funds were contributed by church members to serve their own purpose:
“I mean, I don’t come into your family and lambaste you for how you’re spending your money. If you decide to build your kids a bowling alley in your basement, that’s your right. Or if you decide to splurge on a Breitling for your dad, or a Prada bag for your second grandaunt’s cousin’s daughter, that’s entirely up to you.”
Though the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) has found evidence that Kong Hee had ‘diverted’ at least S$50 million dollars of CHC funds to help his wife’s career, Daphne continues to trust him completely:
“I have absolute trust in the fact that none of the money was embezzled for personal gain. I believe in the Crossover Project and there was certainly no intent to deceive, as had been alleged. Pastor Kong and all the other 4 individuals on trial have not breached the trust of the church members. I make no apologies for giving every dollar that we gave and we will continue to do so knowing that the funds will not be misused.”
With so many ‘loyal’ members like Daphne around, Pastor Kong can rest assured that his ‘good work’ in CHC will survive his expected ‘holiday’ in ‘Changi Chalet’.
Read Daphne’s post here