City Harvest probe

It comes as no surprise to me that mega church City Harvest has come under investigation.

I have nothing personal against City Harvest.

The red flags were there for all to see except those who follow their leaders blindly.

Among these red flags the one that raises eyebrows is that the church leaders conduct themselves like corporate big shots and celebrities.

Some people are uncomfortable with the fact that its church service is more like a rock concert.  But personally I have nothing against this if church members enjoy this sort of church service.

Church members have the shared responsibility to ask themselves whether their leaders have been truly transparent in financial matters.

Too many times as we have seen in Singapore and elsewhere a lack of transparency and accountability in organisations  has led to all sorts of troubles for those in charge.

Blind faith in the leadership is just being naive.

At the moment the jury is still out but troubling questions remain.

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14 Responses to “City Harvest probe”

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  2. you dare to question the boss and tell him he’s doing the wrong things? “Shared responsibility” does not exist when there is a superior-subordinate relationship. Transparency/accountability best addressed by the law unless there is space to accord “privileged or fair comments” to ensure no legal repercussions.

    In 2003 or thereabouts, CHC sued one of its church worshippers (members???is there a difference) and the poor guy had to insert a public apology in the Straits Times. The law was applied by big brother. So in a way we need laws like our good government has provided. I don’t believe in a mechanism that entrust the responsibility on the National Council of Christian Churches – afterr there are so many sects and denominations. Can you say a Methodist can censure a catholic church? Furrthermore, Independent Churches dont belong to any denomination. Nobody can censure them. So in the case of CHC when the founders are all the memebrs of the board of directors and also the CEO/Preacher and what nots, how can you censure within its own organization?

    You and I too can form a church so long we pass the litmus test with the Registry of Societies.

    • It is a complicated and sensitive issue, one that where even angels fear to tread but our Singapore authorities are determined to unravel the whole rigmarole.

      It always amazes me that when it comes to religion normally intelligent people loses the moral courage to question their leaders who they see as infallible.

  3. Transparency/accountability? Where can you find in Singapore even it claims good governance? What is the definition of good governance that it uses? The CHC, Renci, … are just tips of iceberg. Look at the true 1st world countries, what transparency/accountability or good governance is about. We have no such thing as far as the UN’s definition on good governance is concerned. Ironically, it is trying to sell that type of good governance to other countries. This is like pushing back the history wheel. CHC must have problems.

    • I don’t belong to the ruling party but it’s fair to give a balanced view. SG may not score A* in the areas of governance and transparency, but at least it’s still an A in my personal view and that of nternational agencies.

      Let’s be patient and see what the authorities pull out of the bag. CHC, with its vast wealth, can easily employ the best lawyers and battle it out in court.

  4. Has anyone noticedthat Ho Kwon Ping was recently removed as chairman of MediaCorp and replaced by a permanent secretary, the Teo Ming Kian who retired from the civil service and then re-employed? Ho is a prominent member of CHC, just one of many rich and influential businessmen in the congregation. Jack Neo does not count.

    • Clearly, Ho KP’s removal meang at the time something related to CHC was afoot. It It gets more interesting, isn’t it?

  5. Wot makes anyone presume that Ho KP’s retirement fm Mediacorp isn’t anything scheduled? U mean long serving chairman can’t retire? Even if he’s a CHC worshipper (wot proof have u got tt he’s one), just remember this:

    Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
    Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
    When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
    I Corinthians Ch. 13 (KJV) The word “Charity” is here used as a translation of the Latin Caritas, and the original Greek Agape, which were words for “Love”, and used to denote the highest and most self-transcending forms of Love.

    Have charity, my fellow S’poreans!

    • His removal could be pure coincidence. However, the unforgiving character of the current administration is well- known eg the previous Transport Minister left office so quietly that few realise it until told.

      Thanks for your reminder to be charitable. Hope I can live up to its ideals. Beautiful biblical quote on charity.

  6. Have faith, hope and charity
    That’s the way to live successfully
    How do I know?
    The Bible tells me so…

    Dale Evans, wife of cowboy Roy Rogers used to sing this song. Simple words from 50s and 60s Music…

    Sigh.

  7. “His removal could be pure coincidence..” Y are u so negative re HKP? Why keep using words like “removal”. He stepped down; he retired after quite a number of yrs, geddit?

    • You are right. The word “removal” is negative.

    • You could be wrong. Whether he stepped down or retired we can’t be certain.

      A news report says:SINGAPORE: MediaCorp has announced the appointment of Teo Ming Kian as Director and Chairman-designate of its Board with immediate effect.

      Mr Teo will succeed Mr Ho Kwon Ping, who will relinquish the position at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company in July.

  8. Whether he stepped down or retired we can’t be certain.

    Stepping down or retiring: y do pple like to speculate and always come down on the side of the negative? Tt’s wot really makes me disappointed with S’poreans… so many appear always to be gleeful abt the possibility of something bad happening to some big shot, even big shots they don’t know or have done nothing adverse to them!


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