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CHC Trial 23, May, 2013 (Day 6): Confusion

The final day of the first round of trial.
The media did not mention any cross examination done by the defense on this day.
Hence, I assumed most of the time the prosecution spoke and the witness, Mr. Koh Siow Ngea, testified.

http://www.citynews.sg/2013/05/city-harvest-church-trial-prosecution-challenges-own-witnesses-at-re-exam/

On day 5 of trial, I have the impression that Mr. Koh actually sided with the defense even though he was supposed to be prosecution’s witness.
That’s why I praised him too Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out  Remember, we are all biased in one way or another Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out
On day 6, the prosecution appeared to be questioning Mr. Koh, their supposedly own witness.
Still, I could sense Mr. Koh defending the Cross Over project in his answer.
The prosecution asked him regarding discrepancy of document signing: Mr. Koh signed it in 2007 but the document was drafted in 2010.
Mr. Koh answered it was just pure carelessness. No big deal about that, in essence.
And btw, actually the defense objected several documents the prosecution presented as they had not been marked in court.
But the judge still allowed the prosecution to use the documents.

Hmm, I am confused.
So far for the first two prosecution witnesses, the prosecution interviewed them once and then the defense cross-examined them once.
However, for Mr. Koh, the prosecution interviewed him two times while the defense only cross examined him once.
Hmm, shouldn’t the defense have got one more chance to cross examine Mr. Koh on day 6 too (after all the trial on this day only lasted for almost 3 hours, so there was no afternoon session)???

Anyway, the next round of trial will take place in August. Stay tuned, ok?
Stand still and see the salvation of God for CHC Smile Smile

CHC Trial 22, May, 2013 (Day 5): Praise and Lesson

Wednesday morning the defense started with cross examining Mr. Koh Siow Ngea.
They brought up several issues like whether Xtron suffered losses and connection between Xtron and CHC.

http://www.citynews.sg/2013/05/city-harvest-church-trial-witness-unique-position-offered-different-perspectives/

http://www.citynews.sg/2013/05/city-harvest-church-trial-xtron-was-a-separate-and-viable-entity/

Now this is where I am confused.
On Tuesday, the media mentioned CHC controlled Xtron as Mr. Koh did not know some of the goings-on in the company.
On Wednesday, Mr. Koh mentioned he exercised some judgment over Xtron’s decisions.
Erm, maybe they should  go over one by one decision Xtron made to determine whether or not Xtron is separate from CHC?
Anyway, I still don’t see anything wrong even if Xtron is ‘controlled’ by the church.
After all, eventually no money is lost.

The prosecution argued on Tuesday Xtron was not a viable business as it had suffered losses.
The defense argued on Wednesday Xtron was a viable business as the loss was just the initial production cost.
Xtron is still many clients beside CHC, the defense showed.
Errm, is it just me?? If it is not a viable business, then how can it give back investment+interest to CHC?

Anyway, City News has made a very heartening news.
In the midst of the heat of trial, Mr. Koh testified he wholeheartedly supported Cross Over Project.
He also agreed with  the advance rental paid to Xtron being used to buy Firna bonds.
Well, personally I don’t understand this advanced rental paid.
However, I should just support this as Mr. Koh himself saw some investment logic in it which ordinary people like me don’t Smile with tongue out

It was also revealed that Pastor Kong, Pastor Tan, Chew Eng Han, Mr. Koh and Wahyu Hanafi became guarantors of Crossover project.
I salute these brave men of God!
I believe the Lord would honor their courage to stand for His work!

Anyway, from all the trial, I have seen the obvious application of Proverb 18:17
”In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.”

Go go go, defense team! God is with you all!

CHC Trial 21, May, 2013 (Day 4): Opinion and Possible Scenario

On day 4 of the trial the prosecution brought a witness Koh Siew Ngea who is a director of Xtron Productions.
The defense did not get a chance to cross examine him. They would do it the following day.
So, here I am, giving some opinion on the trial based on what written in the media and City News.

http://www.citynews.sg/2013/05/city-harvest-church-trial-koh-siow-ngea-considers-directorship-an-honor-to-serve/

http://www.citynews.sg/2013/05/city-harvest-church-trial-member-wahju-hanafi-stood-guarantor-for-the-crossover/

Prosecution tried to establish the close relationship between CHC and Xtron.
Indeed, as Koh mentioned, CHC always has supports Xtron as Xtron also supports CHC’s vision.
In fact, CHC decided who should become Xtron staff.

It is sufficient to see that CHC is really linked to Xtron.
However, that is something to be expected, in my opinion.
CHC is more than just a community center. It is a family too.
If I want to do business, I would rather do it with my own family member rather than outside people.
After all, with my own family members, I can be open to recommend people to hire or direction of business.
I have the impression than my own family members are more trustworthy than non-family members.

Prosecution tried to show that the bonds CHC bought from Xtron were not genuine bonds.
Hmm, I think the ‘genuineness’ of a bond should be defined first.
From my perspective, the bond is genuine because the document was prepared by lawyers and, eventually, the church gained interest.

It was also revealed that Wahyu Hanafi bore the risk should Cross over project incur losses.
What a big risk he really took! I believe God would reward him for his courage!

Now, one thing which still bothers me is the transfer of S$ 6 million from Singapore to USA to fund Sun’s career.
I believe CHC leaders can explain it when their turn comes.
Meanwhile, I will propose a possible scenario to explain it. My scenario may be wrong, I admit.

Crossover project is church project. Funding Crossover project is equal to funding a church project.
Since Wahyu took courage to cover any losses in this project, maybe CHC leaders considered this project as a form of investment too from business point of view.
In other words, if this project was a success, CHC gained some interest and people would come to Christ.
If this project was not successful, CHC would not lose money as Wahyu would cover it and people would still come to Christ.

Am looking forward to more news on the trial :)

CHC Trial 20, May, 2013 (Day 3): Incomplete Story??

Am so proud of City News team for doing such a fantastic job.
A lot of people criticized City News, saying the content is biased toward the favor of CHC leaders.
I wonder if they realize WE ARE ALL BIASED one way or another: they are biased against the leaders where we for the leaders.
Yesterday I was looking for City News video high and low.
I did not believe there was no single counter argument from the defense.
The story I read in mainstream media focuses more on the prosecution’s argument.
But, wait, there was no way defense lawyers (who are Senior Counsels) could stay silent.
Why did not the mainstream media broadcast the defense argument too???

http://www.citynews.sg/2013/05/city-harvest-church-trial-day-3-second-witness-takes-the-stand/

The prosecutor argued that:
-Xtron was a sham company.
-The money transfer was hidden from outside people.

The defense, on the other hand, tried to refute:
– Xtron was really a profitable company.
– The money transfer was not hidden from the auditors.

Koh was only not aware of the reason for transaction. However, she knew what happened during the transaction.
I really think the defense lawyers have made a very good counter argument backed up with evidence given the time limit of cross examination.

I don’t think it was possible to answer ‘why’ the transaction was carried out like that given that now is prosecution’s turn.
Maybe, when it is the defense’s turn, Serina Wee and Sharon Tan can answer it in case prosecutor wants to know.

Book Review XIX: The Male Factor

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A book I purchased in TIR last year during 23% discount season.
When I first read the cover, I thought it was a book on becoming a real gentleman.
Well, it turns out the book is about how businessmen work Smile with tongue out
It is good for me to learn it as I can try to fulfill my future boss’ expectation.
Also, I can apply some of the expected behavior in work ethics Open-mouthed smile

Shaunti Feldhahn wrote other books like For Women Only, For Men Only, For Young Women Only and For Young Men Only.
One day I shall get her books on women!!

There are many businesswomen who can’t excel in their work as they can’t relate well to their male colleagues. Many businesswomen do not understand how their male colleagues think and they end up jeopardizing their career even without their realizing it. Hence, this book reveals to businesswomen some unwritten rules about how businessmen work.

Male brain wiring facilitates compartmentalìzation in thinking. When men mention, “It’s business, nothing personal”, they really mean it. Men view working world as having separate rule than personal world. Women are advised to stay professional by asking “How does it affect the business?” not “How does it affect me?” Even when women are being criticized at work, they should remember they are criticized for their work performance, not their persons. When emotion is involved at work, it should be something related to business.

Male brain wiring has less infrastructure to handle emotion. Somehow, emotion impairs men’s ability to think. Men value someone who is ‘relational’ but not ’emotional’. (or, in other words, becoming less emotional about self and more emotional about needs of others) What is ’emotional’? Becoming tearful, getting upset or defensive too early, overreacting, jumping to conclusions, holding strong opinions and personality conflicts. Men can also be emotional. However, they can restrain their emotion better than women. In fact, they force calmness in their emotion.

Men consider emotional as interfering with his ability to think clearly and hence will affect his performance. Men tend to highly value performance due to fear. This fear is originated in Gen 3. When Adam disobeyed God, Adam was cursed: the land seems to be fighting against him. Even success doesn’t provide men with much breathing room. Performance is evaluated based on results and teamwork. In particular for teamwork, emotional bond is formed through shared pain.

There are little things that men require from women in a business world. 1.) men prefer hearing the conclusion first before the details. 2.) men value calmness in handling conflict, not overreaction. After all, it is about business, not personal. 3.) men value the ability of letting go emotional baggage after conflict.

Men often have ‘suck it up’ mentality. This mentality means men tend not to let personal or professional obstacles stop them from getting the job done, not to complain, not to ask for help or explanation often and not to ask for different standards unless they adjust their expectation. Men tend to push through obstacles by putting extra effort in their work, not to broadcast how hard they have been working, and not to often talk about personal problem. Men also tend to stick to top-down authority system, obeying the boss without asking much explanation. Men also respect their colleague who acknowledge they can’t take much responsibility and hence are willing to take lesser reward/salary. However, this acknowledgement comes when lesser responsibility is due to family issue.

Men’s greatest fear is being seen as incompetent and a failure. This fear drives men to work hard and to solve problem without asking for help. Due to fear, men’s most important emotional need is respect. Even unintentional disrespect can be damaging. When asking questions to men, one should be more careful on how to ask, not what to ask. Asking too many ‘why’ questions or exasperation can be an unintentional sign of disrespect depending on the manner of expressing it. As unfair as it is, men are more attuned to the body language of women than to men. Even when superior men make mistakes, they should still be respected due to their position. The easiest way to respect men is to compliment them in front of others. Voicing objection can be done in a respectful way too.

Men are visual. Women should be careful in dressing up even in business environment. Low cut blouse and tight skirt might be a distraction for men. Men, on the other hand, should put in effort to stop his train of thought. Due to brain wiring, men can’t not notice visual sexual stimuli. Some images in men’s brain can pop up later and men often have sexual thought. When women dressing up in a revealing clothe give presentation, men often miss what they are saying. Women may not intend to draw men’s attention to their body. However, men often perceive the exact opposite. Men may even view such women with less respect. Hence, women should dress up attractively without looking distracting or sexual.

Some advice from men: women should be confident in who they are, to be their professional selves. Women should not try to become like men as men could tell they were not being genuine. Modern business world tend to be gender blind. As long as women show equal competency, they will be treated with equal respect as to the men.

This book closes with some counsel from experienced Christian women for younger Christian women: 1.) women can ask the Creater of men on how to handle them. 2.) women represent Christ in the workplace. So they should consider their word and action. 3.) women should work as if Lord Jesus was their boss. 4.) women must be purposeful about balancing work and family. 5.) women can be servant leaders and accomplish much without compromising the authority entrusted to them. 6.) since the world is imperfect, women can experience unfair treatment no matter how best they do. When that happens, women should decide if they want to stay on or move on.

Posted May 20, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Book Review

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CG Birthday Celebration 16, May, 2013

Last Thursday we had a prayer meeting.
In the end, we had a surprise…

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birthday celebration for our leader, Patrick!!! Open-mouthed smile
Happy birthday in advance, brother Patrick!

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Then, we had pizza as refreshment! Open-mouthed smile I ate a lot since I came with empty tummy! Open-mouthed smile

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The lovely CG people Open-mouthed smile

Posted May 19, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Birthday, Cell Group, Food

Saturday Happening 11, May, 2013

Many things happened last Saturday. Here is the summary! Open-mouthed smile

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It was a Mother’s Day weekend. Hence, I passed this book to a friend who happens to a mother too.

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Team A did a fantastic job in displaying the feature products of this month: ladies accessories Open-mouthed smile

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Went for dinner with CG people at Texas Chicken after church service.
So, what happening is there for today? Open-mouthed smile

Posted May 18, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Food, Friends, The Ink Room