Blogger Roy Ngerng apologises to PM Lee for alleging CPF funds misappropriated

SINGAPORE - Blogger Roy Ngerng has on his blog and in a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's lawyer apologised to Mr Lee for a May 15 post alleging CPF Funds were misappropriated

He is also appealing against Mr Lee's demand for damages.

In a post on Friday morning, Mr Ngerng said he admitted and acknowledged the allegation is false and "completely without foundation."

"I unreservedly apologise to Mr Lee Hsien Loong for the distress and embarrassment caused to him by this allegation," he added.

A public apology was one of the things Mr Lee had asked for in a letter of demand sent on Sunday. He also asked that the post alleging the misappropriation of CPF funds be taken down immediately and that Mr Ngerng pay for his legal costs and compensate him for damages.

Mr Ngerng took the post down on Monday night, and also removed links to the post on his two Facebook pages.

But he is appealing against damages. A letter sent by his lawyer M Ravi Friday morning to Mr Lee's lawyer Davinder Singh stated that Mr Ngerng, a health-care worker, earns a modest income.

The letter added that Mr Ngerng welcomes a chance to have an open discussion with Mr Lee on the CPF issue.

On Wednesday, Mr Ngerng announced he had applied to be a Nominated MP and hopes to discuss national issues like CPF and education in Parliament.