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Anti_jms_hk | 3rd Jan 2010 | 香港月明教會 | (261 Reads)

Rental Contract Termination Letter

                         9th July, 2006

Dear Mr Lee,

Request for Early Termination of Rental Contract

I am Chan Sui Yuen, the Administrator of United Culture & Arts Network (UCAN). On behalf of UCAN, I would like to request the early termination of rental contract for Room 2303-4 of SUP Tower .

Though we really want to continue the perform the tenant’s responsibility to rent the units until March 2007, we find us will be economically unable to do so after the follow incidents happened.

As our organization have international connections, and most of our core members are volunteering to work for the organization, our office will keep working even in mid-night and dawn time especially for international meeting and communication.

In summer of 2005 (around July), one day dawn 3:00am, there were two policemen suddenly come up to our office they knocked the door loudly. After our members opened the door, they asked us “Is here a church? Why there is still someone here now?” our members were very surprised as in this building is not for religion organizations at all. And we answered them straightly that we were cultural exchange organization. We wonder why even there are guards in the lobby, they also knew our organization characteristic and the core members’ information as well (name, ID card no.) but the policemen still comes up and checked us. Besides, when the police came into the building, the guards did not explain to the policemen our organization and didn’t inform us, just let policemen break in suddenly, looks like we are doing something illegal.

That time the policemen could not find anything illegal and they claimed they are doing usual patrol to the building, but we had never met such thing after our organization was formed and we often worked overnight. The incident had spread out among our members made them suspect us, but finally we spent a lot of effort and time to explain to our members letting them calm down.

And on 29th May, 2006 morning time, around 10am, we were holding F.5 students oral practice, suddenly a Custom officer came up, he reviewed his identity and asked a student, “is here room 3 and room 4?” the student answered “yes”, then he asked, “is here an organization called “ITUS” (pronunciation like this)?” as our name is “UCAN”, so the student answered, “no.” then the custom officer left. But this incident again made our participants felt very strange, some also has started to quit our club as they suspect felt insecure.

At the time we were still trying hard to calm down the members, on 8th of June, dawn time 4:30am, suddenly there are 6 policemen, 9 custom officers came up to our office. They ordered us to open the door for them and came in claiming for an investigation. And they went into every room of our office, took the photos and recorded all ID card numbers of our members in the office. And they call different members to asking many questions, it is just like among us there are gangsters or illegal immigrants. And finally they found nothing and left. As the rumor of this incident spread, situation got lost control. No matter how I explained to the members, they keep leaving the organization including core members, as they felt extremely insecure here.

So now nearly all our activities have stopped, and many members quit, sponsors do not want to sponsor us any more for insecurity. And also usually summer time is a peak season for us to earn money for supporting the our operation in the remaining time of the year. So economically, we are in critical situation. We are afraid that even the next month rent payment will have extreme difficulty.

So we think there is really no other way but close down our organization. And we wish, if possible the landlord side could terminate our contract early and so we could move out and getting our financial burden lighter.

Please kindly consider our situation and I am looking forward for your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Chan, Sui Yuen.

  這是一封由月明教牧師陳瑞源寫的,要求提前終止租約的信件。他所持的理由是因為在20057月至20066月期間,曾經三次遭到警察和海關到月明教位於聯合出版大廈的聚會地點搜查。令到月明教的贊助人不再提供贊助,而且很多教徒也因為這樣而萌生退意。

  這封信件說得冠冕堂皇,不過據我所知,知道這件事情的,大都是一些核心教徒,很多其他的教徒根本就不知道事情的發生,我也是從一些口疏的教徒口中得知。其實,知道月明教內部運作的,都是一些月明教的死硬派,他們才不會因為警察和海關的搜查而離開,如果是要離開,2003年鄭明析棄保潛逃的時候,早就已經離開。

  至於贊助人方面,據我所知月明教那有什麼贊助人,若硬是說有,那些所謂的贊助人就是月明教的教徒們。其實,月明教為什麼會遭到警察和海關的搜查,在他們的指導者會議上亦曾經討論過,可是最終都沒有答案。不過,有些教徒私底下懷疑是教中的一個信徒─David C。他們懷疑他是「無間道」,教會的行蹤敗露也是他的所為。可是,他們沒有證據証明,那人於2006年尾也離開了。

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