Thursday, 28 June 2012

Donor also received funds from church

Mr. Wahju Hanafi, the Indonesian businessman who allegedly played the roles of both donor and recipient of City Harvest Church funds, had once been described by Pastor Kong Hee as a ‘true friend’.

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Donor also received funds from church

By Lim Yan Liang
28 June 2012

Mr. Wahju Hanafi, the Indonesian businessman who allegedly played the roles of both donor and recipient of City Harvest Church funds, had once been described by Pastor Kong Hee as a ‘true friend’.

Kong had said that Mr. Hanafi had brought him food and helped him through a period of depression when investigations by the authorities first began, churchgoers told The Straits Times.

Mr. Hanafi is also listed as one of the owners of Kong’s apartment in Sentosa Cove.

While he was not a regular at the church, Mr. Hanafi had also shared his life story onstage on at least one occasion before, said a church member. His successes in career and family life had also been featured several times in the church’s online newsletter.

Court documents yesterday revealed that $11 million of church building fund monies had allegedly been used to purchase sham bonds issued by PT The First National Glassware (Firna), a company owned by Mr. Hanafi.

A press statement released by the Commissioner of Charities on Tuesday also mentioned that Mr. Hanafi had donated $600,000 to the church’s building fund in 2009, only for that money to be transferred to another account, used improperly to finance the music career of pop singer Ho Yeow Sun, Kong’s wife.

Mr. Hanafi, who is also the founder of a prominent chain of grocery stores in Papua New Guinea, remained elusive yesterday.

When The Straits Times visited his Aspen Heights apartment, an Indonesian maid who answered the door said Mr. Hanafi used the address only to register his businesses and has never stayed there.

Instead, it is the residence of his elderly father-in-law, whom he last visited in January.

At his second address, a Sentosa Cove apartment a few blocks away from Kong’s, a woman who answered the intercom said Mr. Hanafi was ‘not available’.

When asked if Mr. Hanafi knew that his name and company was mentioned in court yesterday, the woman said Mr. Hanafi had ‘no comment’.