Blogger Roy Ngerng asked to remove defamatory post about PM Lee

A BLOGGER is facing legal action for alleging that CPF funds have been "misappropriated".

In a letter of demand sent through his lawyer to Mr Roy Ngerng of the website The Heart Truths, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for the blog post to be removed from Mr Ngerng's website and his Facebook pages.

If he fails to do so, he could be sued for defamation.

The letter of demand was put up on Mr Ngerng's site and confirmed by the PM's press secretary on Monday.

In the post, Mr Ngerng compared a Channel News Asia chart detailing the relationship between City Harvest Church leaders involved in a criminal trial, to another chart.

That chart sets out the relationships between the CPF, Mr Lee and also the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Temasek Holdings and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC).

The City Harvest Church leaders have been charged for allegedly misappropriating $24 million through sham investments in two church-linked companies, and using $26.6 million to cover it up.

Mr Lee's lawyer, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh, said in the letter that the blog post "is understood to mean that Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and Chairman of GIC, is guilty of criminal misappropriation of the monies paid by Singaporeans to the CPF".

"This is a false and baseless allegation and constitutes a very serious libel against out client, disparages him and impugns his character, credit and integrity. It is also clear that the article was published maliciously," he added.

Mr Singh also asked for Mr Ngerng to publish an apology on his blog within three days of the letter, which is dated May 18.

Mr Ngerng, who is being represented by lawyer M Ravi, posted the letter of demand on Monday on his website saying he is "being sued for defamation".

"I have tried my best to speak up for my country. I have tried my best to advocate for my fellow citizens. However, today, I am sued by the very government which should be protecting its citizens, such as me. This is disappointing," he wrote.

Join ST's WhatsApp Channel and get the latest news and must-reads.