S'pore diplomat Kausikan warns Japanese not to be deceived by Kong Hee

Asian One/April 22, 2016

Singapore's ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan has warned the Japanese people to be wary of the founding leader of the beleaguered City Harvest Church (CHC) after noting that the latter had made missionary trips to Japan cities.

Blasting pastor Kong Hee as a "disgraceful compatriot of mine" in his Facebook post on April 19, Mr Kausikan told them not to be deceived by him as he had been convicted for misuse of church funds.

Wrote Mr Kausikan, who is the foreign ministry's policy adviser: "To my Japanese friends: this disgraceful compatriot of mine has been convicted of a criminal offence and is now free only because he is appealing his jail sentence. His conviction was for misuse of church funds. Do not be deceived."

Known for his outspoken ways, Mr Kausikan, who was the ministry's permanent secretary before his retirement a few years ago, accompanied his post with a photo of Kong linked to an article on his missionary trips published in the Christian Post.

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