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Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Blogger Roy Ngerng can continue to write about CPF: M. Ravi

The Straits Times | Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Roy Ngerng Yi Ling speaking during a three-hour protest rally at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park on 8 June 2013. He is among the bloggers who criticised the introduction of new licensing rules for news websites by the Media Development Authority (MDA).

His lawyer M Ravi said on Wednesday in a letter to Mr Lee's lawyer that Mr Ngerng's written undertaking not to "aggravate the injury and distress" to the Prime Minister through "similar other posts", should not forbid him from writing about the CPF.


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Blogger Roy Ngerng's lawyer M Ravi said on Wednesday in a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's lawyer that Mr Ngerng "undertakes in writing that he will not aggravate the injury and distress to your client through similar posts."

This letter is in response to the point made in Mr Lee's Lawyer, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh, dated May 26.

Mr Ravi explains in the letter, that is posted on Mr Ngerng's blog 'The Heart Truths', what "similar posts" refer to: "For the avoidance of doubt, similar other posts should not be constructed as a curtailment of our client's right to his freedom of expression to write or engage the public on the CPF issue and raise any matters relating to CPF that requires transparency and accountability to the public."

He goes on to explain that "any attempt to curtail this would be frowned upon by Article 14 of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore, especially since these posts do not refer directly to your client."

Mr Ravi pointed out that Mr Ngerng's "call for an open dialogue on the CPF issue is also in line with recent parliamentary exchanges that emphasize the importance of a robust debate."

This post on Mr Ngerng's blog is entitled 'I Will Continue To Speak Up On Singaporeans' CPF To Protect Us'.

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