COC warns Board of City Harvest Church not to raise funds for Kong Hee and other accused
Posted by temasektimes on August 22, 2012
The Commissioner of Charities (COC) has issued a Restriction Order to the Board of City Harvest Church (CHC) to restrict CHC from paying the legal fees of its disgraced pastor Kong Hee and five other accused persons and entering into transactions relating to payment of services to the suspended individuals and their related entities, without the approval of the COC.
The COC has informed CHC that the church and/or its employees should not be involved in raising funds for the legal expenses or setting up a specific fund for this purpose.
Earlier reports by the state media claimed that several members of City Harvest Church (CHC) are privately raising funds to help pay for the legal fees of Kong Hee as well as five other leaders who were charged for misusing up to $50 million dollars of the church’s funds to further the music career of his wife Ho Yeow Sun.
The unofficial fundraising campaign was reportedly started by an executive member named Dawn Lee who mobilized individuals who wanted to offer Kong and others financial support during CHC’s AGM three weeks ago.
She then suggested that interested members meet her after the meeting before distributing her contact details.
Executive pastor Aries Zulkarnain had earlier rejected four proposals from other members suggesting the use of church funds to bankroll the six charged leaders’ legal fees.
Despite the gravity of the criminal charges slapped on him, Kong Hee remains defiant and maintains his ‘integrity’.
In his latest posting on Facebook, Kong Hee wrote:
(Faith depends on submission, there is no other way; depend on Jesus for happiness)