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Police Report on Cheating Case

For the record, I’m doing this as a warning to preachers not to be so daring in future to deceive church members. It’s also to increase awareness in the body of Christ of the corrupt practices of church leaders such as Kong and team so the Christians will be more discerning and pray against the spirit of deception and greed in the church. (Mr. Chew’s comment)

How many people have the boldness and courage like Mr. Chew Eng Han to come against a mega church?

I have confirmed with Mr. Chew that he has lodged a police report with the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on 11th July 2016 against 8 people for conspiracy to cheat and for misuse of church funds from City Harvest Church (“CHC”).

There is another ex-CHC member who want to remain as anonymous also lodged a police report on the same day.

The 8 people are
1. Kong Hee (CHC Founder)

2. Ho Yeow Sun (CHC Founder)

3. Mark Kwan (Sun’s creative director)
He had stayed in the LA house in Hollywood Hills with Sun Ho before.(Crossover Project)
I am not sure what position he is holding today. According to the news in Citynews he is one of the singers in the recent CHC “Draw Me” album. The same person who quoted in Citynews “The album title is taken from a worship song written by CHC’s senior pastor Kong Hee in the early days of the church, a song that has remained one of the church’s key anthems throughout its 27-year history.”  See my last post on “Draw Who?

4. Henry Chee Chi Keong (Ex Xtron manager)
Director of The Ink Room Pte. Ltd.
Director of Cityplay Pte Ltd.
Executive pastor Aries Zulkarnain told the church, “CityPlay Pte Ltd, which runs Cool de Sac and Bistro Cool, is a subsidiary of The Ink Room (TIR), formed in partnership with a successful local entrepreneur. Its board of directors include Pastor Bobby Chaw and Chee Chi Keong Henry of The Ink Room, who serve on a voluntary basis and do not receive remuneration for their directorships.”
Source: http://www.citynews.sg/2014/03/a-cool-place-to-play/

Henry Chee had stayed in the LA house in Hollywood Hills with Sun Ho before. (Crossover Project)
Source: http://www.spokeo.com/CA/Los-Angeles/2209-Canyon-Dr#resident_info_panel_2

5. Aries Zulkarnian (CHC Executive Pastor and Board member)
Director of Kosmos Global Private Limited. (Share holders of The Ink Room Pte. Ltd)

6. Teo Meng How (Kong Hee ex-secretary for a period and held some executive administration role in CHC before Commissioner of Charities suspension.)
He is not a Pastor but I saw a brochure address him as Pastor in an overseas preaching.

7. Derek Dunn (former CHC executive Pastor)
After the case broke out he has resigned from CHC. The reason given to the congregation was he has to look after his sick mother. You can find his profile in Derek Dunn ministry.

8. Kevin Loo (CHC KL Founder)
You can find his profile in City Harvest Church Kuala Lumpur.

Will there be a second round of investigation?

I don’t know. Meanwhile I know the existing criminal appeal case is near.
The hearing will be on the following dates
1. 15 to 16 September 2016
2. 19 to 21 September 2016

From Mrs Light

iTunesCharts

Draw Who?

As of June 18 2016, ‘Draw Me’ is currently at the second spot on the Singapore iTunes chart.

I’m not going to be biased and say the songs are awful, because they’re not entirely all that bad. I’m not an expert on music composition and arrangement. It’s all based on personal preference at the end of the day. CHC member or not, clinching a top position is big news, and you would be curious to check it out. 

On my own opinion

I am however, finding a small matter rather strange. Who is the artist of the album? (You will say, duh–­ CityWorship!)

DrawMe

The City Harvest Church Youtube channel clearly says the album artist is CityWorship (in the description, it also says it’s a ‘CityWorship’ album).

 

CityWorship

CHC’s official Facebook says that the album is by CityWorship.

 

ituneDrawMe

But why is it that on iTunes, the artist is City Harvest Church? I’m feeling a bit perturbed over ‘City Harvest Church’ being named as the artist. Clearly CityWorship is the album artist, with Sun Ho being a featuring artist since she played a singing role in only 4 songs.

And when I say artists, I mean the people who recorded and sang on the album.
artist

On the CityNews article, it mentions that, “The singers on the album include Sun Ho, Teo Poh Heng, Annabel Soh, Alison Yap, Gerald Chan, Chervelle Chua, Maximillian Low, Renata Triani and (Mark) Kwan himself”.
(http://www.citynews.sg/2016/06/draw-me-songs-from-a-season-of-struggles/)

So I guess I can assume that the above-mentioned singers are the members of CityWorship (along with the people playing the instruments and production staff etc.)?

And not to forget, Kong Hee is also the lyric composer.
“The album title is taken from a worship song written by CHC’s senior pastor Kong Hee in the early days of the church, a song that has remained one of the church’s key anthems throughout its 27-year history.”
(http://www.citynews.sg/2016/06/draw-me-songs-from-a-season-of-struggles/)

ituneDrawMeSongs

On iTunes, CityWorship is just labelled as a ‘featuring artist’ (‘feat.’) on the album, on all 13 songs to be precise.

Feat. Definition

Feat-meaning

Meaning Feat.

In that case, City Harvest Church is the main artist, and CityWorship is the invited artist with small segments on their songs (which is not the case).

Examples

thrive

no other names

From examples of other worship bands/ministry albums on iTunes, the band name or worship ministry is clearly labeled as the artist­– not a ‘feat’.

In my opinion, why isn’t Sun Ho labeled as the main artist for the 4 songs she sang when she’s the only one singing them (with some backup vocals)? There’s nothing wrong with that. They should have labeled it for what it is.

To quote, “With Sun Ho’s name plastered on the titles of articles by local media regarding the album, one might have expected an abomination on the scale of China Wine come disguised as an angel of light, but none exist.”
(https://www.bandwagon.asia/articles/a-full-analysis-of-draw-me-the-new-city-harvest-album-with-sun-ho)

Final thoughts:

  • CityWorship, not City Harvest Church, should have been labelled the artist of the album, not a featuring one
  • Sun Ho should have been labeled as the artist for the songs she sang alone, label it for what it is
  • I didn’t know Kong Hee could write music or that CHC had an anthem

The statement quoted by Mark “The album title is taken from a worship song written by CHC’s senior pastor Kong Hee in the early days of the church, a song that has remained one of the church’s key anthems throughout its 27-year history.” disturbed me.  I was in CHC for many years I would only remember Kong Hee played a guitar and sang a song once. Kong never introduced this song as “Draw Me”. (Assuming that is the “Draw Me” song)

Since when did this song become the key anthem song in CHC? Either I’m having amnesia or there is wilful blindness in CHC.

 

This is just my opinion on the small matter. One might say I’m just nitpicking¬– but this is just my two cents worth.

Section 377A of the Penal Code

Citi

A friend of mine sent the above picture to me. He told me that Citibank has organized an event on May 18, Wednesday 2016 that was open for ALL Citi staffs.

The Agenda of this event were as follow:
1. Citi’s commitment to diversity and inclusions, with a focus of LGBT employees
2. Address by speakers
3. Upcoming Pride events and getting involved
4. Networking
Brought to you by: Citi Singapore Pride Council

When Citi organized this special event to address the commitment to include and focus on the LGBT employees in Singapore, I wonder what are the feelings of the straight Singaporean employees and the “secret” homosexuals who are attending church. Would they feel intimidated and pressured to support the Citi Pride Event? I’m not an employee of Citi, but I’m aware that many top executives of the company are proudly out as homosexual.

Citi-Executives

Sources
1) blog.citigroup.com/2015/10/citi-leaders-named-to-the-top-100-outstanding-amp-ft-leading-lgbt-executives-list
2) blog.citigroup.com/2015/06/citi-marks-pride-month-2015-part-1
3) blog.citigroup.com/2015/06/citi-marks-pride-month-2015-part-2
4) blog.citigroup.com/2015/06/citi-marks-pride-month-2015-part-3
5) blog.citigroup.com/2015/06/citi-marks-pride-month-2015-part-4
6) blog.citigroup.com/2015/06/citi-marks-pride-month-2015-part-5
7) blog.citigroup.com/2015/06/citi-marks-pride-month-2015-part-6

The following is an excerpt from Bloomberg,
“…however, some countries with LGBT restrictions choose not to enforce them. In Singapore, which, like Bangladesh, has such laws dating back to British colonial times, gay activists are allowed to gather and organize. An annual gay pride celebration called Pink Dot was sponsored last year by international firms, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Google Inc., and JPMorgan Chase & Co.”
Source: http://bloom.bg/1TkpcOf headline is “Protecting Gay Employees where being Gay is a crime.” dated May 17, 2016

The paragraph is trying to contrast between Singapore and Bangladesh on how they enforce their laws. Both Singapore and Bangladesh have similar laws against LGBT acts, but Bangladesh approaches it more violently and seriously (“The brutal killing in Bangladesh last month of a gay activist employed by a U.S. aid agency”), whereas Singapore is more liberal (Allows Pink Dot activists to hold and organize events).

Although there is no more news about people convicted under 377(a), this does not mean that homosexual activities are legal in Singapore.

Anyway, Citi, I don’t have any bank accounts with you. I do not support you. I salute those who take the trouble to close their accounts and/or cancel their credit cards of your bank.

Con man’s victim

The Straits Times published an article relating to a con man, Wong Kok Keong, on Mar 21, 2016. (Link: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/undischarged-bankrupt-conned-victims-of-470000-by-lying-that-he-was-wong-kan)

I think that not many people are aware that this man, Wong Kok Keong, is actually the same person named ‘David Wong’ that has been mentioned in the CHC trial. In case you do not know, Kong Hee is the one who introduced David Wong, aka Wong Kok Keong, to Pastor Tan and Pastor Tan introduced this con man to Eng Han.

Let me refresh your memory on what has been said in court.

DPP re-examination on witness on 23 May 2013
DPP: Your Honour, just for the record, the person that they met was David Wong… subsequently clarified that it was Mr Tan Ye Peng who had gone with Chew Eng Han. Can you tell us why Tan Ye Peng went along with Chew Eng Han to Hong Kong to pursue this fundraising for Xtron?

Chew Eng Han self examination on 27 Jan 2015
Eng Han: Along the way, I was told of challenges, I was told of delays and I did my best to provide a solution. My only intention was to apply my mind to look for solutions and preferably for solutions beyond the church resources. And I’ll give examples

So when Tan Ye Peng said, “Is it possible to borrow money from a bank for the Crossover?”, and that was in May 2007, I believe, I said, “Let me try to help”. And that’s how we got a guy called David Wong who said he knew Citic Ka Wah bank in Hong Kong. [Tan Ye Peng introduced David Wong to Eng Han] I went down with Tan Ye Peng, flew down to Hong Kong to try to secure the loan. If possible, let’s do it outside of the church, because I already knew that Kong Hee prefers not for the church to fund it directly

….

Your Honour, I believe in the Crossover. I believe in the integrity of the project. I was ready to give my own money to Xtron so that the Crossover can come to pass. When I try to secure the loan from Citic Ka Wah Bank in Hong Kong, the man that brought us was David Wong [Wong Kok Keong]. ..and I thought David Wong was helping us to fulfill the vision. David Wong asked me whether I could help him personally with a loan for him to complete a property deal … I came up with $130,000. The man disappeared with the money. But the only reason why I agreed to help him, even though I didn’t know him that well, your Honour, is because I thought if this man is going to help us fulfill the Crossover and get a loan, a bank loan for us, then I think, at the very least, I risk my own money and lend it to David Wong.

….

If I’m a conspirator to siphon money out, I think I’m quite a foolish conspirator, because I got cheated myself.

The con man, David Wong, visited CHC many times. After disappearing with Eng Han’s money, he came back to the church again 3 years later. Despite his history on cheating, Pastor Tan still introduced him to a CHC member for a property deal. I know that we should learn to forgive and let bygones be bygones, but shouldn’t the role of the pastor be to protect his/her sheep? This reminded me of what Kong said in court, that he transited from a shepherd to a rancher.

DPP cross-examined Kong Hee on 11 August 2014

Kong:… I began to transition from the role of a shepherd to that of a rancher. So basically and I’ve said this to my members many times instead of just becoming a shepherd, I became the chief feeder, the chief leader….. I’m still pretty much playing the role of a typical church pastor, although, because the church has grown, I got to take a more helicopter view of things.

In my opinion, Eng Han is a victim of the Crossover sham. The church board should take the responsibility. And a person by the name of Tony Tan who wrote to me will not agree with me. He gave me his views about Eng Han. In his email, he mentioned that Eng Han is not the victim and Kong Hee should be the victim, because Kong had listened to the so-called professional advice and the main culprit is Eng Han. This person’s reasoning is that the person who mooted the idea of bonds should be the culprit.

In his first email, he blamed Eng Han for mentioning things that were not related to the case. He alleged that Eng Han for wanting to dig a hole for Kong but instead dug a hole for himself. He mentioned in his second email that I had a personal vendetta on Kong for the article “God is love do you take him for granted” that I posted. My reply to you is, just because the article goes against your belief in Kong Hee, doesn’t mean that this was intended to be personal against anyone.

I also wrote another article about Kong’s preaching http://mrslightnfriends.com/kong-hee-asks-church-to-fulfil-building-fund
I am finding it hard to believe his testimony about driving the church’s van for many years. Does his ‘many years’ equate to 2 years? He mentioned that he managed to buy a Mitsubishi Lancer 2 years later. Just because I highlighted my doubts and expressed my views on this, means I have a personal vendetta against Kong?

Back to my point on the Crossover sham, you may think that the things that he had mentioned were not related to the case. Eng Han, who is not legally trained, was trying to tell the judge that the Bond is not a sham but the Crossover is. He is a victim not a conspirator. He was not aware of the worldly activities. (Read my old articles on self-purchase of albums, First Day Cover, Shanghai 2007 Special Olympics, MPA and Kong’s Refund of royalties.)

Eng Han was cheated to believe that Sun was very successful. If Sun is not successful, do you think Eng Han will believe in this Crossover project?

In my conclusion, I believe in the Holy Spirit and the existence of the evil spirit. Eng Han was really blinded by the evil spirit. “Vodou”, “Gong Tao” or 降头 (拼音:jiàng tóu) whatever you want to call it. I thank God that he has escaped from the fowler’s snare.

Appeal

Five City Harvest Church members (Founder Kong Hee, Pastor Tan Ye Peng, John Lam, Serina Wee and Sharon Tan) and one ex-member (Chew Eng Han), a total of 6 appeal against the conviction and sentence.

Possible hearing dates on
18 July to 31 July 2016
OR
19 September to 23 September 2016.
Judges: Chao Hin Tick, Woo Bih Li and Chan Seng Onn
Venue: High Court

As a Christian, what did you do to help the 6 of them?

City Harvest Church WAS my church. I have left the church and settled in a new church with great mentor now. During the crossover project days, the congregation was told how successful Sun Ho was. Some music charts and videos on salvation through the crossover concert were shown on the screens. Believe me, it was during many church services. The Crossover Project was a church project. I remembered worship songs such as “If You Can Use Anything, Lord You Can Use Me” were sung. I personally thought that God’s hands were in the Crossover project. If you have God in the your project, don’t you think that He is the best guarantor? Who else do you need? To me, it wasn’t about Sun Ho, it’s about God. I thought that the pastors were all godly people. But the success of Sun Ho turned out to be self bought as heard in the court.

To the people who were involved in this “marketing strategy”, you have cheated my faith! Though I have forgiven you, I believe you have to live in your consequences of sins. It’s yet to come. As for Chew Eng Han, I feel the need to stand up for him, as he is a victim and was not part of this marketing strategy team. For those who have been betrayed by your pastors, loved ones or best friends, you will know the groan and understand what I am saying.

As for this court appeal, I suggest that the people, who do not have the facts and cannot verify the truth, to please show mercy to Chew. How many people can truly grasp the case?

I know that Chew is currently also facing another court case; City Harvest Church is suing Eng Han for his personal guarantor’s obligation.
Does the church truly want to see Chew bankrupt? Does the church want to add pressure to his family?

Of course, such an act isn’t vicious at all! It’s totally righteous on their part! If I was not a Christian, I would choose the broad way too, sue City Harvest Church for lying and cheating my faith. Sue City Harvest Church for all my emotional turmoil. Phew!

To end this off on a positive note, I want to thank the following group of people,
1. My friends who have shown love and support to Eng Han and his family.
2. Readers who wrote words of encouragement to Chew.
3. Pastors who went to his office to pray for Chew.
4. All the angels who supported the Chew’s family financially. I know that you do not judge according to appearance. May God bless you.

Lastly, if the content of my blog has upset you, please forgive me. God gave me a brain to think, and I will continue to discern between the right and wrong. City Harvest is definitely a wrong church to go to.

Happy Chinese New Year
Mrs Light