Updated: 05/27/2014 02:01

PM agrees to extend deadline to 28 May for blogger Roy Ngerng to offer damages



PM agrees to extend deadline to 28 May for blogger Roy Ngerng to offer damages

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has granted blogger Roy Ngerng's request to extend the deadline set for him to offer damages to the Prime Minister. 

Instead of 5pm today, Mr Ngerng now has till 5pm on 28 May to do so. 

Mr Ngerng made the request through his lawyer M Ravi, after he (Mr Ngerng) agreed to remove four posts as well as a YouTube video from his blog by 5pm today, or face a demand for aggravated damages. 

The legal action brought by the Prime Minister against Mr Ngerng had begun on 18th May. 

Then, PM Lee's lawyer Mr Davinder Singh had demanded the blogger remove an article which contained allegations against Mr Lee involving CPF money. 

Mr Ngerng removed the post and posted an apology on 23rd May as demanded, and he was given an extension till 5pm today to make an offer of damages. 

However Mr Ngerng followed up on 24 May with another post as well as a YouTube video on the same issue. 

This prompted Mr Singh to send him a letter of demand for aggravated damages for PM Lee this morning. 

Mr Singh said the posts and video showed Mr Ngerng's apology and undertaking issued last Friday "was not and never meant to be genuine." 

Mr Singh added 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. 

This afternoon, Mr Ngerng removed the posts and video as demanded. 

The blogger also asked for a second extension of the deadline to offer damages, which was granted this afternoon.

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