Sun Ho could have been in CSI

Sun Ho could have been in CSI
AMBITIOUS: Ms Ho Yeow Sun at the subordinate courts on Monday.

Church founder says it was part of 'comprehensive plan' to launch her album

Gossip Girl. CSI. Dancing With The Stars.

These are major TV shows associated with big names in the American entertainment industry.

And Sun Ho was set to appear in these programmes as part of her publicity plan in the US, ahead of the release of her English album in 2010.

But she was summoned back to Singapore for investigations into the alleged misuse of City Harvest Church (CHC) funds, said her husband and CHC founder Kong Hee.

 

As a result, the plans for the album release were scuppered, he said, as he continued to take the stand for the defence yesterday.

"All the work we have put in, the money we have put in all these years, they have just gone down the drain," he said.

Kong and five other CHC leaders are accused of misusing more than $50 million of church money through sham bonds.

Some of this money was allegedly used to fund the music career of singer Sun Ho through two companies - music production firm Xtron and glass manufacturer Firna.

Kong, 49, is the second accused to take the stand after former board member John Lam.

Kong told the court yesterday that Ho's English album, which was never released, was originally slated to be rolled out in 2009.

But in March that year, Ho was hospitalised for six weeks after suffering from an abdominal adhesion, which is an intestinal blockage.

She underwent two major operations and was in "critical condition" at one point, he added. This delayed the release, Kong said.

Ho, however, recovered "very quickly" and a large-scale marketing proposal was pitched to drum up publicity ahead of the Aug 17 album launch in 2010, he said.

'STARTING POINT'

Kong said Ho was to go for a radio tour of New York City, which was "usually the starting point for every major album", on June 15, 2010.

She was also slated to appear in major US TV series and entertainment programmes, such as Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and E! News.

Ho was also supposed to be featured in high-profile magazines - such as Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire - and major newspapers.

"It's quite a comprehensive plan. They were really going to plan for a very major launch," he said.

He added that her then-latest single, Fancy Free, topped the US Billboard Dance Chart and the UK Music Week Dance Chart in March 2010.

 

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