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Grace Road President Says No To Plans For Group To Leave Fiji

Grace Road President Says No To Plans For Group To Leave Fiji
Grace Road Group President Daniel Kim (sixth from left) with workers at their Navua Farm on August 21, 2018. Photo: Maraia Vula
August 22
11:54 2018

We are not going back to Korea. We have done nothing wrong.

These were the words of Grace Road Group president, Daniel Kim in an interview at Navua yesterday.

Grace Road Group has been marred by overseas allegations of slavery and its founder, Reverend Shin Ok-joo, was arrested at Incheon Airport in South Korea, where she is the subject of an ongoing investigation.

This has had next to no impact on the business operations of Grace Road Group in Fiji.

Mr Kim said they have done nothing wrong. All those things being said about their church and  leader Reverend Shin Ok-joo are all false, he said.

He said it was done to create slander by people living in Korea who have no idea about “our belief and the things we do in Fiji.

“We call it the hard time, but the truth will come out.

“This is very political and malicious act and it’s not new for us,” Mr Kim said.

“We did not have time to respond to the rumours because we are so busy doing our own project.

“Everything is normal and we are not hiding, we are working hard.

“We are here for the purpose of God. We would like to thank the Fijian people for coming to our restaurants and they can see our people smiling and working happily.

“Nobody wants to go back to South Korea, no one was deported. Actually our bond is stronger then before.

“True evidence of our identity will show,  if our leader did the wrong thing or myself or any senior member then the Police  would have found something by now, but how come our operations is still normal?”

He shared what they left behind to do God’s work.

“A lot of people don’t understand, we left our homes Korea and emigrated here with the word of God because we have a mission which is come to Fiji to develop this nation with the Word of God,” Mr Kim said.

“All members of the church are the shareholders of the business arm of the church, that’s all documented at Investment Fiji.

“Whether they work in the farm or a chef, they are equal shareholders of the company and the owners even though I am the president of the company.”

The Group had been visited by the Korean Police, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Health.

“We have heard this story for a long time, but anyway all these stories were made up in Korea.

“The Korean Police officials came here about three days, did their full investigation.

“I don’t know if the Police have found anything. We don’t care because we are obliged to God, people so we have nothing to hide.

“It was a full team of investigators that came over here to investigate our group but you know what they found? Nothing.

The Fiji Police Force has said that investigations are still ongoing.

Edited by Percy Kean

maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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