Kong Hee - the man who kept smiling

Kong Hee - the man who kept smiling

SINGAPORE - Throughout the City Harvest Church leaders' trial, the media have had much to say about the superb dress sense of Serina Wee (or better known as "Na Wee" to some of her friends) when she turns up at court.

But fellow accused Kong Hee, the founder of the church, has also been turning up the charm for media photographers when he turns up for court.

Most pictures of Kong show him smiling or, as some others have claimed, grinning.

Here's a look at the man who kept smiling through it all.

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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About The Case

The New Paper
Thursday, Aug 28

City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee and five others are on trial for allegedly misusing church funds through sham bonds.

This includes $24 million to allegedly fund the music career of Kong's wife Sun Ho, and another $26.6 million to allegedly cover up the first amount.

They are said to have done this through music production firm Xtron and glass manufacturer Firna, run by long-time supporters of the megachurch.

Kong, former board member John Lam, finance manager Sharon Tan, ex-fund manager Chew Eng Han, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng and former finance manager Serina Wee face charges of criminal breach of trust and/or falsifying accounts.

Prosecutors had sought to show how Xtron and Firna directors had simply done the bidding of the accused.

The defence has argued that the transactions were legitimate, with the accused acting "in good faith" on the advice of lawyers and auditors.

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