Kong Hee seeks public’s forgiveness for ‘unwise decisions’ as he starts jail sentence

* The following is a Facebook post by the founder of City Harvest Church, Reverend Kong Hee.


These past 7 years have been immensely challenging for me and my family. Although I am saddened that my conviction was not set aside at the appeal, I am very grateful that the High Court has granted me a fair hearing, and has allowed my appeal and reduced the sentence.

I am thankful that the Court has found that there was never any sinister or malicious plan by any of the accused persons to strip the church of its funds. I had acted in the church’s best interest, something which the Court also accepted, although I accept responsibility for the manner in which I had sought to bring the Crossover Project to fruition in using the building fund.

As the senior pastor of City Harvest Church since its beginning in 1989, I have always had the church’s best interests at heart and will always continue to do so.

I have, in these past weeks since the release of the judgment, reflected deeply. I have come to terms with what is ahead and am at peace. I will therefore start serving my sentence on 21 April 2017. Over the last few weeks, I have tried to spend as much time as possible with my family, whom I will miss very dearly. I was also grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate this Easter with my congregation and all its members. My heart is warmed by the love and support which have been showered on me and my family, not only in the past weeks but also in the years leading up to the present verdict.

I understand that the Prosecution has filed a Criminal Reference to the Court of Appeal, so this case is not yet over. We will have to meet the Prosecution’s case when this is heard. I have consulted with my lawyers on this, and will leave the legal question to be resolved by the Court. My future is, as always, in God’s hands.

I am extremely saddened by the prospect of having to leave my family and church, and yearn to see them again after serving my sentence. However, I am ready to face what is to come with the peace and grace of God in my heart.

As I reflect on the prospect of starting my sentence, I wish to thank all those who have supported me in one way or another in this difficult period, including the church and its members, my family and friends, and other well-wishers. I would also like to thank my lawyers for their professionalism in their legal representation, and for being so unselfish with their time.

To all I have disappointed, stumbled and hurt in my congregation, in the Body of Christ at large, and in the public, I am truly sorry. I have made unwise decisions in the past that have led me to where I am today. I am filled with grief and regret over my mistakes and I sincerely ask for your forgiveness.

Finally, and most importantly, to the members of City Harvest Church and to my beloved family, thank you for your unwavering love, prayers and support. I am sorry for putting you all unfairly through this painful ordeal. I will miss you very much. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Yours sincerely,

Kong Hee

 

 

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  • LIONS:

    forgiveness ,ust come with repentance.
    GO TRY N LIVE AMONGST THE POOR when you get out of jail.

    only by living amongst the poor that you gain true wisdom.

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  • LIONS:

    sorry to say but most RI BOYS i came across are HIGH N MIGHTY most of the time.

    what they SHUD LEARN is humility.
    i was pissed when a group of boys in white stood at the top of the escalator at JUNCTION 8 disregarding other people n blocking the way???

    IS THIS KIND OF RAFFLESIAN ATTITUDE we want to nurture?
    future leaders???

    i am worried.

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  • dosh:

    LIONS:
    sorry to say but most RI BOYS i came across are HIGH N MIGHTY most of the time.

    what they SHUD LEARN is humility.
    i was pissed when a group of boys in white stood at the top of the escalator at JUNCTION 8 disregarding other people n blocking the way???

    IS THIS KIND OF RAFFLESIAN ATTITUDE we want to nurture?
    future leaders???

    i am worried.

    Response:

    This is unfortunate.

    However, to be fair the RI Boys that you came across may not be the majority. Or if they are truly then they are simply intellectual midgets. How smart can one be??? These students will learn soon enough in the REAL world.

    Which school you come from is an irrelevancy. The vital things: You are taught to think independently, instilled with the ethos of hard work, integrity and RESPECT. Obviously, your attainment of the necessary academic qualifications are essential for the better jobs. That said, even WITHOUT the necessary credentials many famously rich people have made a huge success of their lives through sheer hard work, persistence and the invaluable common sense.

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  • paleface:

    From flying SIA first class, a house in Sentosa, big Audi car, Hugo Boss jackets and all the luxaries at the expense of church donations to a prison cell. Pay back time now. Heaven got eyes.

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  • Zorro:

    Hope that he meant he’s sorry for using church funds to live it up and not sorry for not covering his track properly.
    Guess we will never know.

    Anyway a few years of black bean rice would hopefully make teach him a lesson. Hope he don’t get roughed up too badly inside.

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  • MarBowling:

    What the Fish is this? On one hand he says he is saddened that his conviction was not set aside by Court of Appeal and also the “prospect” of having to leave his FAMILEE and CHC(Con Hee Church)! On the other he says he is at PEACE! Would like to know he is at PEACE at WHAT??????? Some guess: reduce sentence, enjoy the fullest by driving around in his personnel bought Audi 7, laying back to the breezy environment at Sentosa Cove Bungalow, and last but not least donkey months/years ago his God had said SORRY to him!

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  • what do you think?:

    LIONS:
    sorry to say but most RI BOYS i came across are HIGH N MIGHTY most of the time.

    what they SHUD LEARN is humility.
    i was pissed when a group of boys in white stood at the top of the escalator at JUNCTION 8 disregarding other people n blocking the way???

    IS THIS KIND OF RAFFLESIAN ATTITUDE we want to nurture?
    future leaders???

    i am worried.

    Your coment is very unfair and unwise. I can say that you are jeolous of RI boys. Some bad do not indicate all are bad. You saw a group of boys behaving badly but how about other boys in other uniform? Please be fair and don’t use your jeolousy attitude to judge. I agree KONG HEE is bad, cunning and greedy, but not all RI boys are. I feel sorry for your attitude.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Kong Kek, find out what is Karma and learn from it.

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  • Old Moon:

    KH, are you going to recompense those who had contributed their hard earned money and savings to your church/you and what about those who had given their time and energy to your church/you?
    Seeking forgiveness is cheap!

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  • Taleban:

    New mission. Start a CHC- Changi Prison Branch and do God works there.
    3.5 years not enough than 7 years should be enough to build new pasture.

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    So when is L*L and PAP going to seek forgiveness from Singaporeans for running a police state in Singapore. Most likely answer: “when the cows come home”. Consequentl, it is up to Singaporeans to throw out PAP at the next GE. Bury it with LKY so Singapore can move on and become a real democracy.

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  • self regulation is a myth:

    Notice HK did not confess his errors, mistakes or sins. He just made unwise decisions.

    At least King David was convicted of his sin, confessed and repented, and he was forgiven.

    HK is long way from turning a new leaf

    According to his statment, he merely made unwise choices like picking the wrong stocks, bet the wrong horses.

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  • Great Asia:

    “My future is, as always, in God’s hands.”?!!! Whether it is a 1 day or 10 years jail term, God already made the judgement; but the problem is that KH still can’t understand God.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Man From Sky:

    Con hee, you and your 5 bandits should vomit out all the blood $$$$$$ you conned and hustle. Before you ask for forgiveness that would never happened. Devil will visit you in prison instead of God. So play along with the visitor. “HOLI ANN DAH LAH BAH”

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  • sorry really:

    Kong can say sorry till his last day on earth but 2 questions not answered in his sorry story – one, is he ever going to pay back the lost $24 million plus interest to the CHC building fund … two, even more important, is he going to compensate his 5 staffers for paving their road to jail hell with his having the best interest of the church at heart? One PAP minister reportedly said, some time in the Nineties in ST, so I think, “a person is most repentant when he is going to jail”.
    I rest my case.

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  • Great Point from Old Moon:

    Old Moon:
    KH, are you going to recompense those who had contributed their hard earned money and savings to your church/you and what about those who had given their time and energy to your church/you?
    Seeking forgiveness is cheap!

    Great Point! A True Test of Sincerity! KH will be judged again (by God).

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  • ill-gotten wealth:

    Old Moon:
    KH, are you going to recompense those who had contributed their hard earned money and savings to your church/you and what about those who had given their time and energy to your church/you?
    Seeking forgiveness is cheap!

    Great Point! A True Test of Sincerity! KH will be judged again (by God).

    self regulation is a myth:
    Notice HK did not confess his errors, mistakes or sins. He just made unwise decisions.

    At least King David was convicted of his sin, confessed and repented, and he was forgiven.

    HK is long way from turning a new leaf

    According to his statment, he merely made unwise choices like picking the wrong stocks, bet the wrong horses.

    KH should have enough jail time to repent. When he gets out of jail, he should make the wise decision to sell his ill-gotten Sentosa Cove home and return the money to the Church. That Church money can and should be put to better use like giving the poor a better standard of living.

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  • ahloong loves mingyang:

    kong hee u should say sorry to GOD as u abused His name for monies and for your ugly piece of shit wife dancing and singing….

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  • FALSE PROPHET:

    Kong Hee, you had wanted to do the CROSSOVER PROJECT and spent $26m. Perhaps this is the best time to do the CROSSOVER PROJECT IN PRISON FOR FREE. This is the best opportunity to REACH OUT TO THE PRISONERS by living with them, teaching them how to turn over a new leaf and be a good citizen. Hopefully, in 3 years’ time, all prisoners will repent and turn over a new leaf, and Singapore will be crime free. This is the MISSION FOR YOU AND THE OTHER 5 CHC MEMBERS.

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  • Licence to Practise Again?:

    Can he resumes operations at CHC when he is out?

    If yes, he is simply taking ‘sabbatical’, right?

    How can?

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