Blogger Roy Ngerng receives defamation suit from PM Lee Hsien Loong
His article drawing parallels between the City Harvest trial with PM Lee and CPF has landed him in hot soup.
Activist and blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, 33, received a letter from Prime Minister’s lawyers from Drew & Napier, asking him to remove a defamatory article about PM Lee.
The letter by Senior Counsel Davinder Singh called for Ngerng to remove an article he published on his website, The Heart Truths, and also asked him to publish an apology, as well as to compensate PM Lee by way of damages. The article is titled, “Where Your CPF Money Is Going: Learning From The City Harvest Trial”.
The letter stated that Ngerng’s article “means and is understood to mean that Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore and Chairman of GIC, is guilty of criminal misappropriation of the monies paid by Singaporeans to the CPF”.
On being served the letter, Ngerng said, “Today, I am sued by the very government which should be protecting its citizens, such as me. This is disappointing.”
The letter from Drew & Napier, first published on Ngerng’s site, is reproduced below:
In his latest article, I Have Just Been Sued By The Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, he explained why “the government is on my heels”.
In his explanation, he linked other articles he has written before. A screenshot of part of his latest post is below:
Ngerng also said that the “Internet brigade” supportive of PM were commenting on his article.
They had also put the IBs on standby to comment. http://t.co/Y9rUafS5Uh
— Roy Ngerng 鄞义林 (@sexiespider) May 19, 2014
This is not the first time PM Lee has gotten the legal services of Drew & Napier’s Davinder Singh.
In 2012, Davinder also represented PM in serving Temasek Review Emeritus’ (TRE) editor, Richard Wan, a letter asking Wan to take down an article and to publish an apology on TRE.
According to the letter sent by Davinder, the article alleged that “Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong secured or was instrumental in securing the appointment of his wife, Mdm Ho Ching, as the chief executive officer of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited for nepotistic motives.”
The letter went on to say, “Although our client has suffered damage and incurred costs as a result of the libel, he has not made any demand for damages or cost. Legal proceedings and damages and costs will nonetheless be pursued if TRE does not comply.”
For Ngerng’s case, PM Lee is asking for damages and to have his legal costs indemnified, even if Ngerng complies.
Read a few of the initial reactions online:
Socio-political blogger and former TOC editor Ravi Philemon
Socio-political blogger and former Breakfast Network contributor Kwan Jin Yao
Illustrator/writer and ex-TOC editor Joshua Chiang
The Real Singapore site
Photo by Ng Yi Shu.