The Straits Times
Published on Jan 10, 2013

Baseless claims hurt credibility of writers


IT SEEMS that withdrawing defamatory comments, together with issuing an apology, has become the norm these days when one receives a legal letter from the other party. This was exactly what two public figures did recently ("Blogger Alex Au apologises to PM" and "Wijeysingha apologises to minister"; both published on Sunday).

I cannot fathom why people would make inappropriate remarks when they are cognisant of the dire consequences.

It is unthinkable that allegations of abuse of power or corruption are made when there are no hard facts or evidence to substantiate them.

Actions such as removing the defamatory articles and publishing an apology are righteous and proper in both cases, but there will be serious questions about the credibility of what the writers articulate in future.

Jeffrey Law