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Concerned Indian parent writes to Heng Swee Kiat on CHC’s proselytizing activities in Singapore schools

Posted by temasektimes on July 13, 2012

An Indian parent Harveen Narulla has written to Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat express his concerns about the proselytizing activities of City Harvest Church (CHC) in Singapore schools.

Mr Harveen Narulla began his letter by expressing his concerns at CHC’s specific targeting of children in schools:

“As a parent of 2 young children this targeting of children and young persons in schools concerns me extremely. Ideally my wife and I want our family and community, and the modeling we provide, to have the guiding say over my children’s religious choices. At the very least, we do not expect them to be subject to influence in a place we had thought to be a safe space from religions influence.”

He urged Mr Heng to take ‘decisive action’ against City Harvest Church:

“I hope you and others in a position to do so, act to stamp out this unwarranted influencing of children and young persons by mega churches (and indeed by other religious organisations). Please do not ignore this. CHC claims to have penetrated 70% of schools in Singapore. I think it’s about time your Ministry acted decisively on this. “

CHC has been under intense public scrutiny of late after its founder Kong Hee was charged along with four other board members last Wednesday for misusing S$50 million dollars of the church funds to further the music career of his singer wife Ho Yeow Sun.

Read Mr Harveen’s full letter here.

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34 Responses to “Concerned Indian parent writes to Heng Swee Kiat on CHC’s proselytizing activities in Singapore schools”

  1. Exchc said

    I hope too the Education Minister will take decisive action. Parents too have to warn the danger of brainwashing of CHC which creating social and familial discord. Other authorities line the Christian Council of Churches, Inter- Religious Organisation and the Religious Harmony Act to scrutinise CHC’s modus operandi. If they do flout the Religious Harmony Act, action must be taken. Even the possibility of closing and banning this criminal church should be carried out. Just like the Jehovah Witness and falung kong cults.

    • The Doctor said

      What’s wrong with Jehovah’s Witnessess? The fact that they have a religious objection to compulsory military service?

    • Gre said

      Well said, having such ‘bias’ religious being propagated at education institution is never a good thing; not only at school but in Uni as well thou school is much more serious given the young audience being target.

      This is similar to the certain education institutional in Muslim countries being hijacked for their own religious agenda. Hope the Edu Ministry will look into it and stop it before it is too late.

  2. Old soldier said

    Dear Temasek Times, the church you mention is Heart of God, the pastor in the Youtube is Tan Seow How Senior Pastor of Heart of God, they are affilated to CHC but they are NOT CHC. Please get your info right.

  3. Parity said

    I think these zealots have infiltrated everywhere. Sec schools, Polys, Unis etc. What is wrong with these people? Why create family discord? Selfish bastards!

  4. Annoymous said

    Don’t worry, once KING KONG goes in gets poke in the ass, everything will be over for them and safe for your kids.

  5. Chinese said

    This one like from other church leh. Same meh?

  6. Wicked Brain said

    MOE must really look into this, so as to maintain religious harmony.
    The preaching of greed is dangerous.

  7. Qwertyuiop said

    Back in 2006, there was this chinese teacher from compassvale secondary (who was teaching a sec 4 express class back then) tried to influence her form class students to go to CHC’s service. When her student was busy preparing for O levels and has gotten approval from his/her parents to skip CHC service, being the cell group leader, this secondary school teacher tried to pressirize the student by claiming that god will punish her (something along the line) should the people in her cell group did not attend the service. Not known if this teacher is still in the same secondary school though.

  8. Qwertyuiop said

    Back in 2006, there was this chinese teacher from compassvale secondary (who was teaching a sec 4 express class back then) tried to influence her form class students to go to CHC’s service. When her student was busy preparing for O levels and has gotten approval from his/her parents to skip CHC service, being the cell group leader, this secondary school teacher tried to pressurize the student by claiming that god will punish her (something along the line) should the people in her cell group did not attend the service. Not known if this teacher is still in the same secondary school though.

  9. Hey, you guys. I didn’t give you permission to use my letter. I don’t support your blog for some very good reasons, so this comes as a surprise. Given your blog’s penchant for sensationalising issues, and given the subject matter (religion), I really can’t trust you not to inflame things. This issue needs a serious discussion, not one that will quickly spiral downwards into hate-filled discussions, as so many postings on your blog tend to do. Please could you take the post featuring my letter down from your blog in the next 24 hours? Thank you.

    Mod’s note:

    Please read carefully. Your letter was never published here. If you do not want the public to read your letter, then make it private.

  10. Once bitten forever shy said

    Back when I was in JC in the mid 80s, this schoolmate (I don’t even know him) approached me and asked me to go to church. I declined and declined and declined. He told me I will end up in hell.
    Today, as the parent of three children, I make sure they do not end up with a certain religion. I was a history student up to ‘A’ levels (studied the history of the world’s major religions) and I participated in a pilot religious study programme when I was in secondary school. I have a very clear idea which religion I should steer my children towards. Definitely not the one with believers condemming non-believers to hell!

  11. ~~~ said

    If you want to allow religion in the school, might as well have a governed subject on it and you can give freedom of choice for the students which one they want to know. Don’t allow any independent parties to spread their teachings in the school.

  12. Singaporean1 said

    Agree that there are many Christians proselytizing in schools. I know of some teachers who actually asked their students to join church activities but when principal found out, they were warned. Now, I notice, those church like to treat students with food and they be the leaders in recruiting students to church in the gist of organising basketball or sports activities outside of schools.

    • dred said

      If it wasn’t for the missionary schools, most of our forefathers would not have had a decent education…or have you forgotten

    • Definitely a cult said

      Well there’s this church in the marine parade area going round in public inviting children to a ‘party’. I don’t have to tell you what sort of ‘party’ it is …

  13. Jenny said

    This is a freaking culr!

    • Jenny said

      cult*

      • dred said

        The first disciples of Jesus..the apostles, were known as the Cult of the Way. yes, Jenny..you are right.
        Lower caste devotees need money to promote their work..the higher caste devotees, are given the power to heal the sick, drive out demons, cause the blind to see, the lame to walk, multiply food, change water to good wine, clam storms…just like the Master did.
        Very handy if ever your own loved ones are sick or in need.
        Interested?

  14. kbkb said

    Wah! If chc were to become a political party, they will have more than 70% votes!

  15. SoFDMC said

    I have good Christian friends. But people coming from megachurches with a cult like personality who use peer pressure to gain donations ‘or you will go to hell’ are like vipers of society who threaten social order and harmony, on the same cancerous level as pyramid schemes like James Phang’s Sunshine Empire scam, and seditious comments against race and religion.

    They are the false prophets who appear holy but in reality they speak in the Devil’s tongue. Beware of those who with their viper tongues convince you if you don’t throw your money at them you will go to hell. The conmen have gotten more sophisticated at their game as previous ones cause an increasingly awake population wary of scams.

  16. kong man under the sun said

    Chc suck

  17. Crap said

    Please remove stupid 10% or 5% donation and church never should accept even the church goers willing to give or donate and church must decline. If church accept then it will be punish and please use ur donation to help needy and elderly or Red Cross. don’t understand why need mega concert and even have own investment arm in church. Is this wat bible teaching is about?
    Btmline is crap

  18. Concerned Singaporean said

    Just to share. I’m a teacher and I like to share my observations. Some teachers already complained that their students become emotionally unstable after they quarrel with their families over conversion to christianity as their friends had been proselytizing by first asking them to play basketball/badminton after and outside of schools. Then they will try to influence their school mates to join church activities. I notice there is an increase in more christians proselytizing in schools through sharing of christianity stories ( they printed the stories and shared with their friends) I caught them and told them that it is wrong.

    Besides christians condemning non-believers to hell, I was surprised to hear from muslim student condemning non-believers to hell. I think our government perhaps should be more active in monitoring these religions as I am concerned what their leaders were preaching to their believers.

    • dred said

      correction….we condemn ourselves because of our own sin..Jesus offers salvation to all sinners..His message is..”The time has come, repent and believe the good news. The Kingdom of God is near.’
      As a teacher..you should research about the man , Himself first..that is Jesus, then decide for yourself about Him, and you will be able to help your harassed students better and correct hose who preach Jesus incorrectly.

  19. LkySi said

    All CHC members will convert from Christianity to Islam. The circumcision ceremony will be held this Sunday at Suntec City. All foreskins from the circumscision will be donated to Sun Ho for her skincare. Allah O’Akbar

    • dred said

      well , anyone who does not want the good news of Jesus can stick with the bad news of the world , and enjoy the worries that comes with it, for themselves and their descendants.

      • dred said

        Sorry LkySi..I was not replying to your comment..must have clicked the wrong box.
        By the way..how do you propose to convert them..by hate and the sword or by love kindness and compassion?
        Indeed God is great..God, the compassionate, the gracious and merciful God.

  20. FNU LNU said

    After watching till 13 min +, I can’t come to terms how this Tan Seow How can speak to the Holy Spirit……very bizzare that people can sit and listen to all this BS

  21. True BLUE Sinkie said

    School children are targeted by CHC as it is easier to con their school pocket money

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