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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Daily Lesssons from Life 20 November 2015 - Kong Hee gets 8 Years in Prison

"City Harvest trial: Kong Hee sentenced to 8 years in prison, 5 other church leaders get between 21 months and 6 years - The Straits Times 20 November 2015

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee, 51, was sentenced to eight years' jail on Friday (Nov 20).

Former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han, 55, received a six-year sentence, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, 43, got five-and-a-half years, and ex-finance manager Serina Wee, 38, got five years.

Ex-CHC finance committee member John Lam, 47, and former finance manager Sharon Tan, 40, received lighter sentences. They got three years and 21 months respectively."

Well, it is FINALLY OVER. I think. I HOPE!

Lessons for me are:

1. if it had been an internal affairs where ALL the MEMBERs who donated the money to CHC and gave full freedom to the 'leaders' to use the money however they see fit, this would not have been an issue. Alas, some members want their money for 'Church Building' to be used for 'Church Building' only and NOT in 'Cross-over Project through Sun Ho's music' as claimed by the 'leaders';

2. that the public prosecutors HAVE to be the ones to take up the case against these 'leaders' and hence WASTING the public money is lamentable in my opinion as: a. the CHC is so rich and powerful that it HAD crushed some earlier 'dissenters' who raised the alarms. A bit like the unfortunate ex-NKF ED's intimidation and 'scared-down' the earlier whistle-blowers with legal threats. It shows that in a law abiding society, to fight for justice, it STILL takes a LOT of money. And even IF you are right, but have no money, and the STATE does not step in to take up YOUR CAUSE, you can ACTUALLY be 'wronged'! A sobering thought. And am glad that the public prosecutors stepped in in in this case though the COSTs are simply TOO HIGH!;

3. given that situation described in item 2 above, perhaps, the laws makers will make it EASIER for anyone to bring charges to a PUBLIC INSTITUTION entrusted with public money so that the costs of prosecution will be LOW or LOWER in proving this type of case! Seriously, taken more than 1 year JUST to prove that the 'leaders' of CHC have a CASE to be trial is just so inefficient!

Now the 'leaders' can preach in the prison and maybe create a few millionaires ex-prisoners with their preaching of the 'Gospel of Wealth'! Save more lives there!

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