Blogger accused of defaming PM Lee takes down blog post

Blogger accused of defaming PM Lee takes down blog post

SINGAPORE - Blogger Roy Ngerng has removed a blog post accusing the Government of "misappropriating" CPF funds, a day after he was asked to do so by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's lawyer.

The health-care worker said he took down the blog post on Monday night, but is still deciding how he should respond to a letter of demand sent to him by Mr Lee's lawyer.

In the meantime, he has published another blog post with the headline, Your CPF: The Complete Truth And Nothing But The Truth, which he said would show Singaporeans "once and for all" how CPF funds are being used.

In the letter of demand sent on Sunday, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh had asked Mr Ngerng to remove a blog post with the headline, Where Your CPF Money Is Going: Learning From The City Harvest Trial, from his website The Heart Truths, as well as two Facebook pages.

Mr Ngerng was also asked to post an apology on his website and compensate Mr Lee for damages. If he does not comply by today, he will be sued for defamation.

Mr Singh said the blog post is understood to mean that Mr Lee "is guilty of criminal misappropriation of the monies paid by Singaporeans to the CPF".

The "false and baseless allegation" constitutes serious libel against Mr Lee and "disparages him and impugns his character, credit and integrity", he said. "It is also clear that the article was published maliciously."

This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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