Kong Hee says nothing was hidden from auditors, lawyers

Kong Hee says nothing was hidden from auditors, lawyers

SINGAPORE- The auditors were "alive" to our concerns and dealings.

That was City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee's assertion during his re-examination yesterday. 

Previously during the trial, the prosecution had charged that Kong and his co-accused concealed information from auditors and lawyers to cover up their misuse of church funds.

Kong and five others are accused of channelling church money through sham bonds of two companies - music production firm Xtron Productions and glass manufacturer Firna - to fund the music career of singer Sun Ho.

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Yesterday, Kong, 50, reiterated that he and his team had kept all of their transactions "proper and above board" by constantly checking their transactions with auditors.

His lawyer, Mr Edwin Tong, conducted the re-examination by referring to past transcripts and e-mails.

For example, in an e-mail chain dated July 2008, Mr Tong pointed out that Kong had written to CHC adviser, auditor Foong Daw Ching, about concerns regarding the church's corporate governance.

Kong said he was concerned then that Xtron would not be able to repay the bond money to CHC and was afraid it would "get into any kind of trouble".

He also said yesterday that Mr Foong and auditors from Baker Tilly were kept in the loop about other Xtron issues.

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