Kong Hee and I pay $17,000 a month each for Sentosa penthouse

Kong Hee and I pay $17,000 a month each for Sentosa penthouse

SINGAPORE - Indonesian tycoon Wahju Hanafi loves Singapore.

His ties are deep-rooted. Now in his 50s, he came here when he was 12. His children studied here. His retired father-in-law still lives here.

And when it comes to real estate, the permanent resident owns five or six pieces of property. He can't remember the exact number.

His wife would know, he told the court yesterday.

"(She) normally looks after these properties," he said.

As for those he remembers, think swanky areas like Sentosa Cove, Four Seasons and One Shenton Way.

He has not one but three Sentosa apartments, including an Oceanfront penthouse which is co-owned by City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee.

Mr Wahju said he and Kong have been paying $17,000 a month each for the penthouse at Ocean Drive since 2008.

He was testifying at the trial of Kong and five others who are accused of misusing more than $50 million of church funds - $24 million to fund the singing career of Kong's wife, Ms Ho Yeow Sun, and another $26.6 million to cover that amount.

Now based in Papua New Guinea, the businessman jets to Singapore every two weeks for business and to attend church services.

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