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Just recently Chew Eng Han, (one of the six charged in the Kong Hee scandal), wrote the following statement,

Personal Statement From Chew Eng Han

Dear friends in CHC,

The time has come for me to make a major shift in direction for my life. I’ve thought and prayed through this for many months, and on balancing the pros and cons of it, I now have a deep conviction that that the right thing to do is to depart from City Harvest Church (CHC).

CHC is my first and only church and in the 17 years there, I have been fed the Word of God and learnt to grow in spiritual strength and faith.  For that, I am deeply grateful.  Many members of the church have qualities which are not easily found elsewhere – tenacity, faith, love for people, generosity, perseverance and loyalty.  If certain events had not overtaken this wonderful experience, CHC would undoubtedly continue to be my one and only church.

For those who do not know me well and have not heard me out, I hope you will not jump to conclusions about me and the appropriateness of such a move.  Those who know me better will understand what I’ve been seeing and tolerating – wrongful labelling, quick to take credit and to pass the buck, betrayal, slander, ingratitude, denial and lies, manipulation and control, greed, pride, hypocrisy, abuse of authority, practice of favoritism and different standards.  it is exacerbated when it is perpetrated by top leaders, including those who taught us that the Word is supreme and that obedience to the Word equals loving God.  Leadership cannot be measured by words but by action.  Nobody qualifies to lead, or to preach what he cannot practise in real life.  More than anything, these are foremost issues of spiritual and moral significance.

I realize these are strong words, but nevertheless I do believe no one has to be afraid of speaking the truth.  Otherwise we are in bondage to man and their man-made rules.  Jesus Himself did not mince words when dealing and confronting certain issues or persons, because He carried the Spirit of Truth, which we similarly do. We are also given the gift of the Holy Spirit to discern between right and wrong, truth and untruth, and then to take a stand for what is right and true.

Above personal reasons, I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to have a go at knowing and walking in the truth, and those who withhold it from the masses will be held accountable by Him for consensual silence.  I fear God, not man.  Unity is good, but it cannot come at the expense of truth and justice and be imposed for the personal benefit of a few. True unity is linked to the Spirit of God, of Truth and Justice, and edifies all, not a select few.

Hopefully, many will kindly remember me as one who has poured out his whole life and has tirelessly fought for the cause of this church – be it in the property search, the crossover, or the reputation of the leadership.  It takes a lot for me to make a sharp turnaround, but we do have to make difficult decisions at important crossroads of our lives, and this is such a decision.  In the end, principles such as accountability, honesty, fair-dearling, justice and truth will for me take precedence over position, popularity, recognition and acceptance.

My wish for all in CHC is that everyone will focus his eyes and heart on Jesus Christ, who is and can be the only Foundation of the church.  God bless you and be with you all.

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end despair.” CS Lewis

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill

Source: Personal Statement From Chew Eng Han, Who Is Speaking The Truth?, http://mrslightnfriends.com/personal-statement-from-chew-eng-han,  (Accessed 22/06/2013.)

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CHC responded with the following statement,

DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS,

We are saddened by news of Chew Eng Han’s decision to leave City Harvest Church, which he announced yesterday.

Eng Han was a fund manager for and Board Member of CHC, and has been part of the family for 17 years. His children have grown up in this church. He has served in various ministries over the years, such as leading the Business Breakthrough Group. He has contributed in many ways to the vision and mission of CHC, including the Crossover Project.

While we do not fully understand the reasons for his current sentiments, we wish nothing but the best for Eng Han and his family, and thank him for all his contributions.

The Board knows and believes that the senior leadership has always walked in integrity, adhering to Biblical principles through the leading of the Holy Spirit. We maintain our full confidence in the leadership. Over the last 24 years, they have worked hard to maintain and protect the interests of the church and the members, and we trust they will continue to do so.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the Board and the church leadership have always leaned on God for all decisions of the past, and will continue leaning on Him even in this time of difficulty.

We take comfort in the fact that in the Bible, even colleagues in the ministry, such as Paul and Barnabas, had parted ways, only for the glory of God and the furtherance of the Gospel.

It is our hope and prayer as the Board that CHC will be even more united in such a time as this, that as a church, every member will put his and her trust in the Lord and remain steadfast in prayer.

Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Cor 13:11, NKJV)

In Christ,

Lee Kiam Hiong
Secretary
2013/2014 CHC Management Board
City Harvest Church

Source: Lee Kiam Hiong, http://www.chc.org.sg/#!a-leadership-update-from-the-chc-board-22-jun-2013, Updated as at 22 June 2013. (Accessed 22/06/2013.)

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[Edit 23/06/2013]

The Straits Times Reports,

One of the City Harvest leader on trial for embezzlement leaves church

By Tan Dawn Wei Assistant News Editor

ONE of the six City Harvest Church leaders on trial for allegedly embezzling millions of church funds has quit the church.

Chew Eng Han, 52, the church’s former investment manager, issued a lengthy statement on a blog yesterday which alluded to the fact that he could not see eye to eye with the leadership of the church.

When contacted, he told The Straits Times that his move was prompted by “a collision of primarily spiritual and moral principles”. He said he had not been in touch with the other leaders, and was unaware of how they felt about his departure. He also said he no longer had any ties with City Harvest and had no immediate plans to find another church.

Chew faces six charges of criminal breach of trust and four charges of falsification of accounts in a high-profile trial involving the megachurch. He was arrested last year along with church founder Kong Hee and charged over funnelling $24 million of the church’s funds into sham bond investments to further the career of Kong’s wife Ho Yeow Sun.

Source: Tan Dawn, One of the City Harvest leader on trial for embezzlement leaves church, The Straits Times, http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/one-the-city-harvest-leader-trial-embezzlement-leaves-church-20130622, Published on Jun 22, 2013  8:40 AM. (Accessed 23/06/2013.)

Channel News Asia reports,

City Harvest says it does not fully understand Chew Eng Han’s reasons for leaving

The board of City Harvest Church (CHC), six of whose leaders are involved in a court trial over alleged misuse of millions of church building funds, said it is saddened by the news of Chew Eng Han leaving.

SINGAPORE: The board of City Harvest Church (CHC), six of whose leaders are involved in a court trial over alleged misuse of millions of church building funds, said it is saddened by the news of Chew Eng Han leaving.

Chew is one of the six CHC leaders facing trial on the misuse of funds, and was a board member as well as a fund manager for the church.

He announced his decision to leave his church of 17 years in his blog on Friday, citing differences in opinions with the church leadership.

The church board responded to the announcement with a posting at the CHC website past midnight. It said it did not fully understand the reasons for his current sentiments but wished him well.

Besides Chew, CHC founder Kong Hee, along with John Lam, Tan Ye Peng, Serina Wee and Sharon Tan, are involved in the trial over the alleged misuse of funds.

Source:  City Harvest says it does not fully understand Chew Eng Han’s reasons for leaving, Channel News Asia, http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/city-harvest-says-it-does/720516.html, 22 Jun 2013 10:25 AM. (Accessed 23/06/2013.)

The Star Online reports,

City Harvest leader on trial quits church

ONE of the six City Harvest Church leaders on trial for allegedly embezzling millions of church funds has quit the church.

Chew Eng Han, 52, the church’s former investment manager, issued a lengthy statement on a blog yesterday which alluded to the fact that he could not see eye to eye with the leadership of the church.

When contacted, he said that his move was prompted by “a collision of primarily spiritual and moral principles”.

He said he had not been in touch with the other leaders and was unaware of how they felt about his departure.

He also said he no longer had any ties with City Harvest and had no immediate plans to find another church.

Chew faces six charges of criminal breach of trust and four charges of falsification of accounts in a high-profile trial involving the megachurch.

He was arrested last year along with church founder Kong Hee and charged over funnelling S$24mil (RM60mil) of the church’s funds into sham bond investments to further the career of Kong’s wife Ho Yeow Sun.

They were also said to have tried to cover that up by devising transactions of S$26.6mil (RM66.5mil), known as “round-tripping”.

Chew said leaving was a difficult decision he had thought about and prayed over for months. He joined the church in 1996 and was a member of the church’s board from 1999 to 2007, where he held various positions, including vice-president and treasurer.

He also served on its investment committee, and was the one who registered Xtron Productions, the company that managed Ho’s music career.

In his statement, he said that if “certain events had not overtaken this wonderful experience”, he would have continued to stay with the only church he has known.

“In the end, principles such as accountability, honesty, fair-dealing, justice and truth will for me take precedence over position, popularity, recognition and acceptance,” he wrote.

Source: City Harvest leader on trial quits church, http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/6/23/asia/13277222&sec=asia, 23/06/2013. (Accessed 24/06/2013.)