SINGAPORE - A "remarkable" woman whose character would not be tarnished when sent out into the "harsh" and "cruel" world.
That was why Ms Ho Yeow Sun was chosen to be the Crossover Project's ambassador, said City Harvest Church (CHC) trustee Susan Ong on Monday. Not because Ms Ho was church founder Kong Hee's wife.
Cross-examined by the defence, she said: "We had to send someone we know has the gift and the talent, and would work very hard, and will not be tarnished... So we selected Sun because she fulfilled all three criteria."
The Crossover Project, which started in 2002, seeks to reach out to non-Christians through music.
Madam Ong was the eighth prosecution witness to take the stand in the criminal case involving Kong and five of his deputies.
A financial services associate director with an insurance firm, she is married to former CHC pastor Derek Dunn. The couple moved to the US in 2011 and set up City Harvest Orange County, which is affiliated to CHC Singapore.
Apart from the "glorious, glamorous work that she's doing", Ms Ho is a "very wholesome lady", added Madam Ong.
"She raises a son who is wholesome, well balanced and of good nature... has a fantastic marriage with Pastor Kong. They are still very much in love after many years of being married."