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PM Lee rejects blogger's offer of $5,000 as damages

Published on May 27, 2014 8:31 PM
Roy Ngerng, a blogger, speaking at the Labour Day protest at Hong Lim Park on 1st May 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has rejected blogger Roy Ngerng's offer of $5,000 as damages, his lawyer Davinder Singh said in a letter to Mr Ngerng's lawyer on Tuesday.

This offer is "derisory" and "completely disregards" the gravity of Mr Ngerng's conduct, the undisputed fact that the libel - that PM Lee misapproriated CPF funds - is false and malicious, and Mr Ngerng's "calculated and systematic aggravation of the injury and distress" to Mr Lee, Mr Singh wrote.

"It is clear that your client has always known that the allegation of criminal misappropriation against our client is false, but chose nonetheless to publish it in a sensational manner, so as to raise his public profile and to gain support."

Mr Singh again raised the point that Mr Ngerng's apology, posted on May 23, was completely insincere and "designed to mislead our client and the public", adding that Mr Ngerng had "another agenda".

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