Updated: 05/26/2014 20:32

Blogger Roy Ngerng faces claims for aggravated damages from PM Lee for new post, video on CPF issue



Blogger Roy Ngerng faces claims for aggravated damages from PM Lee for new post, video on CPF issue

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, through his lawyer, Davinder Singh, has demanded blogger Roy Ngerng take down immediately the post and YouTube video he had uploaded on 24th May, entitled "Defamation Suit from Singapore Prime Minister." 

Mr Ngerng also has to remove three other posts relating to the CPF issue which are dated 20th May 2014, 22nd May 2013 and 22 July 2012. 

If he doesn't, he would have to factor these aggravating circumstances into the calculation of the offer of damages he's required to make by 5pm on 26th May. 

Mr Singh, in his letter to Mr Ngerng's lawyer, Mr M Ravi, today, said these posts and the YouTube Video had aggravated the injury and distress caused to Mr Lee. 

They showed that Mr Ngerng's apology and undertaking issued last Friday "was not and never meant to be genuine." 

Mr Singh said it has always been Mr Ngerng's intention to "opportunistically use the occasion of (Mr Lee's) legitimate and lawful demand to raise his public profile, garner support and sympathy and renew his attack" against the Prime Minister. 

On 18th May, PM Lee's lawyers had sent a letter to Mr Ngerng, demanding he remove an article on his blog which contained allegations against Mr Lee. 

Mr Ngerng removed the post and posted an apology on 23rd May as demanded. 

He also asked for and was given an extension till 26th May on the issue of damages sought by the Prime Minister. 

However Mr Ngerng subsequently posted another post as well as a YouTube video on the CPF issue the very next day, on 24th May.

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