SPH hits back at CHC’s remarks: They may be seen as ‘interfering’ with judicial process
Posted by temasektimes on June 30, 2012
Singapore’s sole and only print media company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has hit back at City Harvest Church (CHC) after it issued an official statement two days ago threatening to ‘deal’ with the media over its ‘unfair’ coverage of the ongoing court case involving its founder Kong Hee (pic left) and four others.
Kong Hee was charged on Wednesday for misusing S$50 million dollars of CHC’s funds to further the music career of his singer wife Ho Yeow Sun, a charge which was strenuously denied by CHC which vowed to stand by its side.
In a statement issued on its website, Bobby Chaw, the pastor in charge of missions at CHC expresses his disappointment with some of the media’s coverage so far, particularly in relation to the COC inquiry.
“In some instances, they seem to have pre-judged us. We will be dealing with this in due course,”he says, without elaborating on it.
A lengthy article published in the Straits Times today questioned the intent of CHC to issue the statement dismissing the allegations.
It also quoted some lawyers as saying that the statement may be construed as ‘interfering’ with judicial process which could see CHC Executive Pastor Aries Zulkarnain being investigated for ‘contempt of court’.
SPH’s stance appears to contradict that of PAP MP Sam Tan who ‘empathized’ with CHC leaders, saying it is ‘understandable’ for the church to support Kong Hee.