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City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee had offered to resign from the church's management board in 2006 as he did not want the church to be affected by any possible conflict of interest.
SINGAPORE: City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee had offered to resign from the church's management board in 2006 as he did not want the church to be affected by any possible conflict of interest.
This was revealed in court on Tuesday during an ongoing trial into Kong and five other church leaders.
The six are standing trial for allegedly misusing S$24 million of the church's building fund to boost the music career of Sun Ho, Kong's wife.
It was also revealed on Tuesday that Sun Ho was receiving a salary from Xtron Productions, which was managing her music career at the time.
And Kong was concerned this could pose a problem because of Xtron's links to the church.
If so, Kong said he and his wife were willing to step down.
As for auditor Foong Daw Ching, defence lawyers continued to grill him on the stand.
Defence lawyers said as a church elder who was well-regarded in his field, it was not unreasonable for CHC leaders to have turned to Mr Foong for advice on financial matters.
And the lawyers argued that those who did, acted on Mr Foong's advice in good faith.
Mr Foong had claimed numerous times that he could not recall reading emails that some of the six accused sent him about matters that included the bond transactions.
Mr Edwin Tong - who is acting for Kong - said he found this "incredible and unbelievable".
Later, Mr N Sreenivasan, who is defending co-accused Tan Ye Peng, accused Mr Foong of being "evasive".