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Kong: I wanted to take all responsibility

City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee was prepared to take the rap for his fellow accused, or so he said.

The night before the second round of questioning by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), Kong said he prepared a letter containing his thoughts, after he was advised by a lawyer to shoulder all responsibility.

But he never did that on the day of questioning by the CAD.

Instead, he blamed me, said co-accused and former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han in court yesterday.

Chew said he found it "very hard to believe" that days after the CAD raid, despite Kong being in fear, he was "willing to take the rap for everybody".

He added: "Somehow the letter (containing Kong's thoughts) didn't get to CAD, and (in) the subsequent interviews with the CAD, you started to point the finger at me."

CHECKED FOR CBT

Chew went on to say that Kong had asked for a board member to look through all of the church's transactions a few days before the May 2010raid by CAD officers.

And it was specifically to check if Kong had committed criminal breach of trust, of which he is now facing three counts, said Chew.

Kong replied that he just wanted to make sure that everything the church had done was legal.

Kong also said that he was never in fear.

"I was in shock, I was worried, first for my family. I was worried for my church.

"But no, I was not in fear. I knew that God was in control, and I just trusted Him," he said.

He added that the ongoing investigations kept his wife, singer-pastor Sun Ho, in Singapore.

Chew then asked why Ho did not apply for a permit to travel back to the United States to complete preparations for her English album.

Said Kong: "Perhaps Mr Chew is emotionally a Superman who is able to juggle all the stress and still go on with life like nothing has changed.

"But for Sun, and I believe even for the church, it's not appropriate for her to go back... they wanted her to be around. And she says she couldn't travel, because she wanted to be with me."