Singapore media extracts as follows:
SINGAPORE: Five members of City Harvest Church (CHC), including its founder Pastor Kong Hee, have been arrested for alleged criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts of the church.
The other four members are John Tan Yee Peng, Lam Leng Ham, Chew Eng Ham and Sharon Tan.
The five were questioned by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on Tuesday.
Kong Hee was seen leaving the Police Cantonment Complex at 4pm.
The five will be charged in court on Wednesday.
CAD said it commenced an investigation on 31 May 2010 into certain financial transactions of CHC after receiving information of misuse of church funds.
The Commissioner of Charities (COC) began its inquiry into the charity on the same day under the Charities Act over alleged misconduct and mismanagement of the building fund which had been raised and earmarked for specific purposes.
The COC said financial irregularities of at least S$23 million from the charity’s funds had been discovered. These funds were used with the purported intention to finance the music career of Ho Yeow Sun, who is Pastor Kong’s wife and co-founder of the church.
Coffee shop old folks commented, “Wow, is a money churning job to preach about God… ”
Another guy, “Yeh…. He was clever not to go into computer industry you know. People say he graduated with computer science degrees.”
Yet another, “Oh no….this is big money he dun have to be accountable to God?”
One smart old folk, “No, he now has to be accountable to the Police, haha…”