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Kong Hee reaches out to supporters on Facebook

Posted by temasektimes on July 5, 2012

After a hiatus of five days, disgraced founder of City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee has resumed posting on his Facebook again to reach out to his supporters.

In less than 10 hours, he posted 6 messages on his Facebook wall including one testimonial from a CHC member and another show of support by two members to ‘keep calm and carry on praying.’

He shared a twitter post by a member Cecilia Chan on an interview given by a Adeline Khoo to the Straits Times during which she recalled the help given to her by his wife Sun Ho when she was down and depressed.

Kong Hee was charged last Wednesday together with four other CHC board members for misusing up to S$50 million dollars of the church funds to further the music career of his singer wife Ho Yeow Sun.

Below are some comments left by his supporters on Facebook:

“We will always always always always belived in you Pastor ♥” – Yan Ping

“康希牧师,陈牧师和team, 神的计画和一切的奇跡及作为,只有神的子民才能够明白。加油,我们爱你们和CHC.” – Andy Ming

“”No weapon formed against you shall prosper. And every tongue which rises against you in judgement You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. And their righteousness is from Me.” Says the Lord (Is. 54:17). NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) Pst. Kong:)” – Andrea Khoo

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Related articles:

A Christian defends Kong Hee: Let us not be quick to make a judgement

Analysis into the wealth of City Harvest Church (Part 2)

Churches ask followers not to blog about City Harvest Church saga

A Christian speaks out against defensive behavior of Kong Hee and CHC

Concerned parents attend City Harvest Church with their children

Kong Hee receives standing ovation from CHC members

Kong Hee speaks out against charges: I maintain my integrity

U.S. Pastor defends Kong Hee

‘Celebrity culture’ at CHC does not fit into biblical principles

SPH hits back at CHC

PAP MP Sam Tan: It is ‘understandable’ for CHC to support its leaders

City Harvest Church issues warning to media

My unpleasant experience at City Harvest Church

City Harvest Church stands by Pastor Kong Hee

CHC blogger defends Kong Hee

Pastor Lawrence Khong urges fellow pastors to pray for Kong Hee

Kong Hee’s family upgraded from 5-room HDB flat to Sentosa Cove Penthouse

An Analysis into the wealth of City Harvest Church

Defiant Kohg Hee places his faith in God

Ex-CHC member: I donated more than $10,000 to the church in the last five years

Overwhelming support for Pastor Kong Hee by CHC members

Kong Hee charged for misuse of funds at City Harvest Church

23 million dollars of CHC funds used to finance Ho Yeow San’s music career

Pastor Kong Hee arrested for criminal breach of trust

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Ex-MOE scholar Jonathan Wong sexually abused 15 year old girl during ‘paranormal activity’ trip

Posted by temasektimes on July 5, 2012

Former MOE scholar Jonathan Wong is a ‘sheep in the wolf’ clothing as he slowly befriended a 15 year old girl from his church choir with the perverted intention of having sex with her!

After chatting with the girl online and listening to her family problems, Wong asked her if he could talk to her about sex and said he would teach her about it.

The next day, Wong took her to a handicapped person’s toilet at the Esplanade and told her he had had sex there with his girlfriend from NUS, aged 22 years of age.

Though the victim initially rejected his request, she eventually did so after Wong agreed to accompany her for a ‘paranormal activity’ on another occasion during which he sexually abused her in the toilet by performing oral sex on her.

Later on 19 June 2011, Wong had unprotected sex with her on a staircase at Riverside Point in Merchant Road.

In December 2010, Wong was given a suspended six-month sentence by a British court for downloading child pornography while on his MOE scholarship which had been revoked, causing his parents to sell off their home to repay the S$175,000 in bond fees he owed to the MOE.

According to a psychiatrist who examined him, Wong is a paedophile who has to be kept away from underage females. He is expected to be sentenced this coming Monday.

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Ex-SCDF Chief Peter Lim to claim trial over 10 counts of obtaining sexual gratification

Posted by temasektimes on July 5, 2012

Disgraced ex-commissioner of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Peter Lim Sin Pang will be claiming trial to 10 counts of obtaining sexual gratification from three women between May 2010 and November 2011  in exchange for favouring their companies during IT-related tenders held by the SCDF.

One of the women, former NCS director of business development Ester Goh Tok Mui. reportedly had sex with him seven times in his Tanjong Rhu apartment which he lives with his wife.

Other than his own apartment, Peter Lim is said to have engaged in sexual trysts with Goh in public places such as at various car parks and three times in a Clementi flat. Goh has since left NCS.

Peter Lim also engaged in oral sex with Pang Chor Mui, a general manager at Nimrod Engineering, at a carpark near the Singapore Indoor Stadium; and sex and oral sex with Lee Wei Hoon, a director at Singapore Radiation Centre a carpark at Big Splash in East Coast Park and in a hotel in Paris.

Lim’s lawyers had earlier taken issue with the charges, describing them as ‘very general in nature’ and ‘lacking clarity’. They also want to know how Lim’s alleged offences had advanced the business interests of the women involved in the case.

A pre-trial conference will be held on August 24.

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PHOTO: PRC man swallowed pills and threw a fit after being questioned by police officer

Posted by temasektimes on July 5, 2012

A PRC man threw a fit after being questioned by police officers!

According to Hardwarezone forum ‘blade18’ who witnessed the scene:

“chinaman change direction n walk towards me instead. I see him with a razorblade wrapped with masking tape as handle… Appeara to be cutting something.. I assume a mini plastic cover. I walk pass him.. The chinaman then puts something in his mouth. He goes into fits shortly after…”

[Source: Hardwarezone Forum]

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A Christian defends Kong Hee: Let us not be quick to make a judgement

Posted by temasektimes on July 5, 2012

A friend of mine tweeted a link of this article, with the line ”CHC saga put in a rationale way”. Seeing as the title of the article stated that it was written by a Christian, I was expecting to find something more objective and measured. Sadly, when i reached the 2nd paragraph i knew it was headed in a different direction from what i had expected.

Firstly I would like to clarify that i am not a CHC member, but I have been following my parents to CHC for the last couple of years. I am not attached to any cell group or ministry in the church as I feel that I can’t fit in with the congregation there. In fact, at the start of this year i actually started attending another church, but I occasionally visited CHC during special services like Easter, Fathers and Mothers day. I admit that sometimes the way the services were run made me feel uneasy and uncomfortable, but growing up in a Christian home, I was taught that we are not to judge a church or any other thing based on our own personal preferences. For me, I accepted that CHC was not my preferred church, and therefore I chose to leave. However the few years of sitting through CHC services have allowed me to experience first-hand what many people, including the writer of this article have misunderstood.

With regard to Michelle’s first point that CHC ”kept emphasizing giving money”, I have to say that she is horribly mistaken. While it is true that they do invite several members to give testimonies on how God has blessed them financially since they increased their giving, it is completely untrue that CHC believes and preaches that Christians are to give to God because we want God to give us more. These testimonies are given as an encouragement and proof of God’s faithfulness to His people when they obey Him.

In the Bible it is written as a command to tithe, not as a suggestion. As a church, they are encouraging people to obey God, not forcing them, and definitely not saying that they should give only because they want to receive more from God and prosper. When asking for tithes and offering i remember often hearing the pastor reminding the congregation that we give because we want to be more like Jesus and we want to obey Him. Also throughout all my years there, I have never once ”received a different gospel from the one (I) know”. Everything is congruent with the Bible.

Addressing her second point about how the defensive behaviour of CHC members has disgraced Christians, I personally feel that to use such a strong word as ”disgrace” is unfair for the members as they are just showing their support for their leader. It is only natural for members to want to defend their pastor as they as a congregation have seen him week after week speaking God’s word and they would know better than members of the public what kind of a man he is. The mention of Kong Hee never goes without the mention of the church. The church was in the headlines and I’m sure as a member you would have felt that the church name was defamed.

The church members are also certainly not ”blindly continuing to profess their faith in Pastor Kong Hee”. The church worships God, not Kong Hee. I remember i would always find it strange that the congregation would cheer and clap when Kong Hee went on stage, but he, like other pastors, would remind them to give an even louder applause to God, the God that they gathered in church to worship. They clapped and cheered for God even louder than they ever did for any man. And then I realised it is just in their culture to show support and love to their leaders and fellow members. It doesn’t mean that they idolize him.

The following few paragraphs of the above article were really disappointing. Michelle started off the article by saying that she was writing ”not to judge the people involved in the saga” but as I read on i felt like there was actually a judgement made. If you are expecting an apology from Pastor Kong and his church members, am i wrong to say that Michelle has already made the judgement that Pastor Kong is guilty and that the members are supporting his sinful actions? He has not been proven guilty, and until the day it can be proven, i don’t think that it makes sense for a Christian to be making that statement. It is obvious that he hasn\’t made an apology because from his side of the story he doesn’t think he has committed a sin, and likewise the church members choose to believe that he is innocent and hence see no need for an apology.

I am not saying that I believe Pastor Kong is innocent or guilty, but i believe that if he is found guilty, he would definitely confess his sins because this is what he has taught me and thousand others through the many sermons we have sat through.

I agree that actions speak louder than words, and I have seen this lived out through Pastor Kong’s life. He speaks of choosing love and reaching out to those who need God. And CHC is the biggest example of how he turned his words into action and brought hundreds of thousands to Christ through his church and ministries all over the world.

I hope you understand that as a young Christian I still have a lot to learn about God and His word, but everything I have written here is based on what i have learnt growing up and it is what i believe in. Also I am not using this as a attack against anyone who agrees with Michelle here, neither am i supporting the actions of CHC members. I just wanted to correct some things that I believe are mistaken.

Till the verdict is out, we shouldn’t be quick to make our own judgement.

CELESTE LIM

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Related articles:

Analysis into the wealth of City Harvest Church (Part 2)

Churches ask followers not to blog about City Harvest Church saga

A Christian speaks out against defensive behavior of Kong Hee and CHC

Concerned parents attend City Harvest Church with their children

Kong Hee receives standing ovation from CHC members

Kong Hee speaks out against charges: I maintain my integrity

U.S. Pastor defends Kong Hee

‘Celebrity culture’ at CHC does not fit into biblical principles

SPH hits back at CHC

PAP MP Sam Tan: It is ‘understandable’ for CHC to support its leaders

City Harvest Church issues warning to media

My unpleasant experience at City Harvest Church

City Harvest Church stands by Pastor Kong Hee

CHC blogger defends Kong Hee

Pastor Lawrence Khong urges fellow pastors to pray for Kong Hee

Kong Hee’s family upgraded from 5-room HDB flat to Sentosa Cove Penthouse

An Analysis into the wealth of City Harvest Church

Defiant Kohg Hee places his faith in God

Ex-CHC member: I donated more than $10,000 to the church in the last five years

Overwhelming support for Pastor Kong Hee by CHC members

Kong Hee charged for misuse of funds at City Harvest Church

23 million dollars of CHC funds used to finance Ho Yeow San’s music career

Pastor Kong Hee arrested for criminal breach of trust

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25 year old Masters student got conned into allowing molester to ‘examine’ her breasts and vagina

Posted by temasektimes on July 5, 2012

A 25 year old Masters student in Biotechnology was conned by a serial molester to ‘examine’ her breasts and vagina as part of a ‘medical examination’!

Former tower crane operator Mohamed Rizuan Rahim was sentenced to 10 years of jail and 16 strokes of cane on Wednesday for molesting six women as part of a scam.

Posing as a trained nurse or medical professional, he molested them while pretending to do medical check-ups on them after they had responded to his online advertisements offering to pay participants to allow them to be ‘examined’ by him.

According to court documents, he brought the unsuspecting victims to hotels, public carparks and HDB staircases where he would strip them and fondle their private parts.

The 25 year old Masters student reportedly had her ‘examination’ done at a HDB staircase where Rizuan removed her bra and ‘examined’ both her breasts thoroughly. As she was having her menses then, he did not ‘examine’ her vagina.

A few days later, she contacted Rizuan to ask for the payment only to be told that he could not do so as the company is not ‘doing well’. A police report was lodged eventually after she finally realized she was conned.

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Police refuses to take action against illegal foreign occupant staying in condominium of Singaporean

Posted by temasektimes on July 5, 2012

A Singaporean living overseas was shocked when a foreigner broke into her condominium and stayed there without her permission. To compound matters, the Singapore police refused to take action after she lodged a police report!

Feeling helpless and lost, she posted her feedback directly to Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean on his Facebook:

According to Isabelle Ong, she has been contacting the police officer to no avail:

“I need an urgent help. I have been contacting the Singapore Police Force for assistance because a foreigner has broken into my condominium and been staying there….I have been calling from overseas and I have been kept waiting for hours to speak to a Jerry Wong Senior Staff Sergeant (ID 96869), he refused to answer my call. I have also spoken to a Mdm Nor Hayati (ID3280). They sent patrol officers down to do some routine questioning and this illegal occupant who is a foreigner is still there, despite having broken into the house and despite not having any authority to stay.”

She expressed her disappointment at the inaction of the Singapore Police Force:

“This foreigner has even brought in 2 dogs and a maid into the house. Just because we are overseas, our house can be illegally broken into and occupied? Tell me, Mr Teo, should I lose faith in Singapore? Of course, I have no choice but to seek your intervention now. My police report number is #J/20120703/0020. This is lodged with the Jurong Branch – telephone number 67910000”

Mr Teo replied that he has asked the police to look into the facts of the case and to contact the complainant.

Such incidents are relatively common in Malaysia where horrendous stories were heard about illegal foreign occupants staying in condominiums owned by Singaporeans and it is quite appalling that it has happened in Singapore now.

 

 

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COI: It was ‘regrettable’ that defects were not identified and remedied by SMRT’s maintenance regime

Posted by temasektimes on July 5, 2012

The two major SMRT breakdowns in December last year were preventable had SMRT ‘s maintenance regime been more stringent, said the Committee of Inquiry (COI) in its 358-page report submitted to Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew this week.

The two breakdowns affected thousands of commuters and dented Singapore’s international reputation as a First World nation, making it a laughing stock overseas.

According to the COI, the first disruption on 15 December 2011 was triggered by a defective fastener that is part of the third rail assembly, located between City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut stations.

The COI believes the defects in question had taken time to develop before the first disruption and said it was ‘regrettable’ that these were not identified and remedied under SMRT’s maintenance regime.

It noted that there were no specific work instructions for the assemblies to be checked by staff. If this had been done, the COI said the disruption could have been averted.

Ex-SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa had rigorously contested the claims by the Land Transport Authority during the COI hearing that its maintenance regime is ‘inadequate’.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said he will release the full report of the COI soon and implored Singaporeans to thank the COI members for their hard work.

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