Kong Hee speaks out against charges: I maintain my integrity!
Posted by temasektimes on June 30, 2012
Kong Hee was charged together with four other CHC members on Wednesday for misusing the church funds to further the music career of his singer wife Ho Yeow Sun after two years of investigations by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD)
With his wife up on stage with him, Kong Hee declared loudly:
“I maintain my integrity.”
Hugging his wife on stage to win public sympathy, he added:
“There were times when Sun and I just didn’t know what to do…The past few days have been very challenging. Please know that there are always two sides to a story. I look forward to the day I can tell you my side of the story in court.”
Despite the gravity of the offences allegedly committed by him, CHC members continue to support him as evident by packed crowd of 5,000 people with many banners saying ‘I love Pastor Kong.’
Some members also gave testimonies on the church’s “Crossover Project” started in 2002 supposedly as a way to use Ho’s secular music to connect with people and reach out to non-Christians, which was highlighted by the prosecutors as a destination for CHC’s funds via sham companies in the charge sheet.
CHC had earlier threw its weight behind pastor Kong Hee and expressed disappointment that he and seven other members were suspended from the board by the Commissioner of Charities:
“The people currently in the news are our pastors and trusted staff and leaders who have always put God and CHC first. As a church we stand with them and I believe fully in their integrity.”
Meanwhile, Kong Hee has been tweeting and posting on Facebook to rally his supporters. He had earlier implored them to pray for him on Facebook, but the post has since been deleted.