PM Lee Hsien Loong begins legal action against blogger for defamation

Mr Leong Sze Hian took down his Facebook post on or around Nov 10. But he did not comply when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's lawyers sent him a letter of demand to make a public apology and pay PM Lee damages.
Mr Leong Sze Hian took down his Facebook post on or around Nov 10. But he did not comply when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's lawyers sent him a letter of demand to make a public apology and pay PM Lee damages.ST FILE PHOTO

Blogger had shared an article on his Facebook page that alleged PM Lee had helped to launder 1MDB funds

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has begun legal action against financial adviser and blogger Leong Sze Hian for defamation, after Mr Leong shared an article on his Facebook page that said PM Lee had helped to launder 1MDB funds.

The article, which Mr Leong posted on Nov 7, stated that former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak had signed "secret deals" with PM Lee in exchange for Singapore banks' help in laundering money from the embattled sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2018, with the headline 'PM Lee begins legal action against blogger for defamation'. Print Edition | Subscribe