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Blogger Roy Ngerng asked to remove defamatory post about PM Lee

The Straits Times, AFP | Monday, May 19, 2014

Blogger Roy Ngerng speaking at a labour day protest in Hong Lim Park on May 1, 2014. Mr Ngerng is facing legal action for writing a defamatory post about Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on his website. If he fails to remove the post, he could be sued for defamation.

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.


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Below is the AFP article: Singapore PM demands apology from blogger 

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has demanded an apology from a local blogger for a posting seen as accusing him of corruption, Lee's lawyer said.

Lawyer Davinder Singh wrote to Roy Ngerng Yi Ling on Sunday asking him to take down the original article as well as the links posted on his Facebook pages and to post an apology by Wednesday.

Singh said the allegations by Ngerng in his May 15 blog post were "false and baseless".

"The article means and is understood to mean that Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and the chairman of GIC, is guilty of criminal misappropriation of the monies paid by Singaporeans to the CPF (Central Provident Fund)," Singh wrote in the letter.

GIC is a sovereign wealth fund that manages more than $100 billion of the city-state's foreign reserves. CPF is the state pension fund.

Singh said the post constituted a serious libel against Lee, "disparages him, and impugns his character, credit and integrity".

Healthcare worker Ngerng, 33, regularly posts commentaries critical of the long-ruling People's Action Party (PAP) in his blog The Heart Truths.

Recent posts have called for greater transparency on how CPF funds are invested by the government through GIC and state investment firm Temasek Holdings.

"My articles have been calling for greater accountability and transparency, and instead of acknowledging these issues, the prime minister has decided to sue me," Ngerng told AFP.

"I am quite disappointed and at this point I am still in discussion with my lawyer on my next course of action."

Singapore has ranked top in surveys as one of the world's least corrupt countries.

 

 

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