I’m just going to start off with this: We have the right to free speech — The Straits Times (a government controlled mainstream media) said their lot, as such, I too will say what I want to say.
I have received eyewitness reports from the courtroom for the past 7 years. All of them confirm a couple of things:
1) Reporters only took down notes when the prosecutors are stating their claim or opposing the defendants
2) Reporters either left the room when defendants were stating their claim or they refuse to take down notes
The verdict came and much to the dismay of many, the court has condemned them to prison. Yes, OUR judicial system just recently released the verdict that ALL OF THE 6 accused are being sent to jail between 7 months and 4 years. This is the result:
The Court recognized the 3 main mitigating factors:
1. No personal gain. No church loss
2. Project is church’s vision and all members know of it and supported it
3. They all acted in the best interest for the church and there’s no personal gain
As such they reduced the CBT charge frm penal code 409 to 406, which means there is no CRIMINAL intent and act but rather a technical fault that went against the law. Thus, they ‘reduced’the charges
Kong Hee to 3 yr 6mth
Tan Ye Peng 3 yr 2 mth
Chew Eng han 3 yr 4 mth
John lam 1 yr 6 mth
Serina Wee 2 yr 6 mth
Sharon Tan 7 mth
Despite the prosecution team appealing for another appeal, the judges rejected it. Effectively, the case has come to an end.
Moreover, with good conduct, all 6 defendants can experience a1/3 remission, meaning in 1-1.5 yrs time they can be out.
Question is, if there’s no intent of ‘robbing people of their money’ as naysayers on Facebook say, and there’s no loss, then why execute such harsh, cruel and unthinkable punishment? With all due respect, but sometimes I wonder— is it because of the public’s anger? Is it because the government doesn’t want to lose their standing amongst the people? Is it because they want to suppress our religious rights?
Think about this— the prosecutors have no concrete rebuttal that can garner no response from the defendants. Additionally, the defendants have argued their innocence. Why the court has judged them so, I won’t judge because I’m not in the posisiton to first place, but these are my views —and in my view, this is unfair.
When all is said and done, when all the dust settles, at the end of the day, God is unchanging. God remains faithful. God remains omnipotent. The Lord has shown His goodness, and because it’s especially evident in my life, I can’t deny it. Whether the sentence was justified, only the Lord can answer. I believe His justice will prevail. I thank Hid ever enduring grace and lovingkindness. We will not be crushed! We will not be shaken! He has overcome!
“The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.”
Psalms 111:7-9 NKJV