TR Emeritus publishes apology to PM Lee for article with false allegation

Socio-political website TR Emeritus (TRE) has published an apology to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for an article that made a false allegation about the appointment of Madam Ho Ching as the chief executive officer of Temasek Holdings. 

Madam Ho is the wife of PM Lee. 

Temasek Holdings is a Singapore investment company. 

The letter of apology published on TRE on Wednesday was written by an editor, Mr Richard Wan. 

It comes three days after Mr Lee's lawyers served a letter asking TRE to apologise and remove the post. 

Mr Wan said that on or about 16 February, the website published the article. 

He admitted and acknowledged that the allegation is false and "completely without foundation". 

He also unreservedly apologised to Mr Lee for the "distress and embarrassment" caused to him by this allegation. 

Mr Wan said TRE has removed the article and the comments in response to the article. 

He said it'll not make any further allegation to the same or similar effect. 

In an editorial accompanying the letter of apology, TRE also explained the circumstances leading to the apology. 

TRE said that on 19 February, its Singapore-based editor, Mr Wan, was served with a Letter of Demand from law firm Drew & Napier, acting for Prime Minister Lee. 

The Letter of Demand pointed out that an article, "PAP-government is full of ironies", as well as a number of comments linked to it, contained words that were defamatory. 

It also said the allegations in the opinion piece from a contributor were false and baseless and stressed that Madam Ho was appointed on merit and through proper process. 

TRE said Drew & Napier was "kind enough" to provide TRE with information pertaining to the appointment of Madam Ho and showing that Prime Minister Lee was not involved in the decision-making process. 

TRE said as a matter of fact, Mr Lee was against the idea from the onset. 

The website said in light of the information made available, it would like to offer its sincere apology to Prime Minister Lee.