SINGAPORE - THE judicial review being sought by the Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) on the Manpower Minister's decision over the sacking of a worker should not be seen as a Church versus State matter, said the National Council of Churches (NCCS) on Thursday.
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Here is an excerpt from the NCCS letter to its member churches:
With reference to the current judicial review application by Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC), which feels aggrieved and concerned that its action of dismissing one of its staff over a moral issue was deemed by the Ministry of Manpower to be "a dismissal without sufficient cause".
We wish to make clear that from our perspective, this course of action is not to be framed as a Church versus State matter. Rather, We see the case as one of employer's employee's obligations and duties under the employment Act and the common law in this area.
Since the application for judicial review has already been filed, we have confidence that the courts will shed light on the matter and decide what is right in the interpretation and application of the law of the land in such instances.
Church wants review of minister's order to compensate axed employee
By Toh Yong Chuan
Thorny questions of adultery, church and state are set to be aired in a rare High Court legal review being sought by one of the largest churches in Singapore.
The case involves a pregnant administrative worker at the Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) who was sacked last year after committing adultery.
She complained to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in September last year. In August this year, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin decided she was "dismissed without sufficient cause". He ordered the church to compensate the woman's salary and maternity benefits of $7,000.