City Harvest trial: Wahju who?

City Harvest trial: Wahju who?
Mr Wahju Hanafi, the Indonesian businessman.

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee has written about him.

And his name has been popping up in court proceedings over the last few days - though he has yet to take the witness stand.

During the ongoing trial in which Kong and five others are accused of misusing more than $50 million of church funds - $24 million to fund singer Ho Yeow Sun's singing career and another $26.6 million to cover that amount - both the prosecution and defence have mentioned Mr Wahju Hanafi's name repeatedly.

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The Indonesian has multiple links with the church. He joined CHC in the early 1990s, Kong wrote in a 2008 article in the church newsletter.

Mr Wahju owns Ultimate Assets, the company that has managed Kong's pop singer-wife Ho Yeow Sun since 2008. Ms Ho was managed by Xtron Productions previously and Mr Wahju is a former Xtron director.

He was so touched after attending Ms Ho's concert in 2002 that he pledged to support the Crossover Project - a church mission to reach out to non- Christians through music, current Xtron director Choong Kar Weng, 41, said on Thursday.

"In 2003, he (Wahju) made a video saying he would support and fund the project," Mr Choong said.

Mr Wahju signed a personal guarantee, agreeing to indemnify Xtron against any losses from the project. "Whatever he said has been consistent with my understanding," Mr Choong said.

Mr Wahju and his wife had previously donated to CHC's building fund. In 2004, they had requested a refund of their building fund donation, which would then be put into the Crossover Project. CHC agreed.

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