By Jeanette Tan   .Posts Website  .By Jeanette Tan | Yahoo! Newsroom – Wed, Jul 25, 2012

UPDATED, 31 July 2012

The court has approved City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee’s application to travel overseas.

Kong, 47, turned up at the Subordinate Courts on Monday afternoon to ask for permission to leave the country.

Yahoo! Singapore understands that Kong will be travelling “in the region for pastoral purposes”.

His bail has since been raised to S$1 million, up from S$500,000.