CHC member writes to Chan Chun Sing accusing COC of ‘defaming’ church in statement
Posted by temasektimes on June 28, 2012
A member of City Harvest Church, Christopher Pang has written to Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth & Sports Chan Chun Sing accusing the Commissioner of Charities (COC) for ‘defaming’ the church in a statement on the arrest of its founder Kong Hee and four others for misuse of the church’s funds.
COC had earlier said its inquiry discovered financial irregularities of at least S$23 million from the Charity’s funds, and that these funds were used with the purported intention to finance Sun Ho’s secular music career to connect with people.
However, Mr Pang claimed that the statement is defamatory, and demanded for an apology from the Commissioner of Charities, adding that as a society, the church does not owe members of the public any account of how its funds are used.
CHC members have largely rallied behind their beleaguered pastor with more than 200 of them turning up yesterday at the Subordinate Courts to ‘protect’ him from the media.
CHC is the largest mega-church in Singapore with a congregation of more than 33,000 people. There were no immediate response from the Acting Minister.