16 July 2008

Top religious figure charged with ten counts

Someone in a Facebook forum had thought that the arrest was the tip of the iceberg. It is entirely possible I suppose. It appears in the news today that Shi Ming Yi (real name: Goh Kah Heng), Buddhist abbot of many temples, is being charged with ten counts forgery, conspiracy and misuse of funds.

Quoting from a report in Channel News Asia:

"The monk faces four charges under the Penal Code involving two counts of alleged criminal breach of trust. He also faces one count of forgery for the purpose of cheating, and one count of abetment for allegedly falsifying accounts."

I would suppose the rumour-mongering mills out there are busy but a person is, of course, innocent until proven guilty. Having said that, I imagine that the commercial affairs department (CAD) must have a strong case to have brought this to court. The monk is a popular media figure.

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