Witness: Xtron footed bill

Witness: Xtron footed bill
"Ultimately the directors and shareholders of Xtron had to approve my directorship, but Xtron and City Harvest were working very closely at the time to pursue a piece of land, so I assumed it was quite normal for them to discuss these matters," Choong said.

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Xtron Productions, the former management company for the singer, said it did. Through loans and the issuing of bonds.

But before the case was adjourned in May, the prosecution argued they were sham bonds and that the accused had actually moved money meant for the church's building fund into buying those investments to finance Ms Ho's secular music career.

The prosecution also argued that Xtron was closely linked with the church, so close that it could be controlled by the church.

Independent

On Tuesday, Xtron director Choong Kar Weng disagreed, insisting the company was independent.

He has been a director since 2005, after City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee asked him to take on the position.

Mr Choong, 41, a permanent resident, was quizzed about his ties with the accused and his role in Xtron. It emerged that the Malaysian had let former church manager Serina Wee, one of the accused and Xtron's accountant, make bond drawdown decisions for Xtron.

That was because his "management philosophy" revolved around whether he trusted the person.

He had also said that he believed she would not do anything detrimental to the company.

The prosecution sought to show that despite Mr Choong trusting church staff, they did not keep him in e-mail correspondences when discussing Xtron.

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