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PM Lee commences suit against blogger Roy Ngerng

Published on May 29, 2014 1:05 PM
Mr Roy Ngerng, a blogger, speaking at the Labour Day protest at Hong Lim Park on May 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has commenced proceedings on a defamation suit against blogger Roy Ngerng, who in a May 15 blog post alleged that Mr Lee had misappropriated CPF savings.

In the latest letter sent on Thursday, the Prime Minister's lawyer, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh also responded to a lawyer’s letter sent by Mr Ngerng on Wednesday.

Mr Ngerng's lawyer M. Ravi wrote that although Mr Ngerng promised not to “aggravate the injury and distress” to Mr Lee through “similar other posts”, this should not be understood as a curtailment of Mr Ngerng’s “right to his freedom of expression to write or engage the public on the CPF issue and raise any matters relating to CPF that requires transparency and accessibility to the public”.

Mr Singh’s response in Thursday’s letter was that Mr Lee “has never once said” that Mr Ngerng is to remove his posts, including those on the CPF, other than those specifically identified in Mr Lee’s letters, and Mr Ngerng knew that.

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