Chang Fei And Fei Yu-Ching Have Paid Off Over S$9.5Mil Of Their Buddhist Nun Sister’s Debts, And They’ve Had Enough
As famous Taiwanese host Chang Fei and singer Fei Yu-ching are, there are still people who aren’t aware that the brothers have an older sister, Jenny Fei, who bowed out of showbiz over 30 years ago. She was then ordained as a Buddhist monk and became known as Venerable Heng Shu, although she recently started dabbling in the diamond trade as a means to earn money.
Earlier this week, Taiwanese media went to town with shocking reports that the 70-year-old owes over 20 loansharks a total of NT$30mil (S$1.4 mil). On March 16, Heng Shu updated her Facebook to say, “I’m on the way to the United States to meet the boss of my Israeli diamond dealer, who has expressed his interest to support me to become the biggest diamond dealer in Asia. [With his help], I will soon get over the current hardships.”
Her post has been criticised by netizens who argue that a nun should not be involved in worldly affairs, and what's even more surprising is that she is dealing with luxury goods.
Even her brothers seem to have had enough of her antics. Chang Fei, 68, told reporters that he would no longer be paying off his sister's debts, and that he and Yu-ching will cut off all ties with her should she continue with her current behaviour.
“Over the past 40 years, Yu-ching and I have paid off more than NT$200mil (S$9.5mil) of her debts. I can no longer let her cross the line,” he declared. “We paid off NT$16mil (S$761,700) for her last February. We just found out that she owes people NT$30mil (S$1.4mil) now. How could she do that in a single year? Yu-ching and I don’t own gold mines and nobody is able to help her.”
When asked to explain how she has managed to spend this much money in 13 months, Chang Fei explained, “She’s a kind-hearted person. She doesn’t gamble but she is too generous. When she goes overseas with her believers, she pays for everything. Just the accommodation and food alone cost NT$3mil (S$143,000). Usually, it’s the believers who pay for the monk’s expenses, but she’s doing the opposite.”
Chang Fei mused that her current business plan was also likely to have required a great deal of money, as she would have to fork out a lot of cash in order to secure the diamonds that she hopes to sell.
However, he was quick to criticise her. “If she wants to continue dabbling in the diamond business, she should also let go of her status as a nun,” he shared. “She needs to settle this on her own. We’ve had enough and we absolutely refuse to help her pay off her debts (…) We used to do so because we didn’t want our parents to worry about her. Now that they’re no longer around, we also need to think about our own retirement. If push comes to shove, I’ll cut off all ties with her. I’ve done my best for her.”