SINGAPORE - Blogger Roy Ngerng has "misled" Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the public a second time and "further aggravated the injury and distress" to Mr Lee by failing to remove a YouTube video as promised, and sending two e-mails sharing links to posts he was to have taken down on Monday, Mr Lee's lawyer said in a letter on Tuesday.
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In the letter sent to Nr Ngerng's lawyer, Mr M. Ravi, Mr Lee's lawyer said that the first time Mr Ngerng misled the Prime Minister and the public "was when he gave his apology and undertaking on 23 May 2014 when he had no intention of honouring them".
Mr Davinder Singh then went on to say that Mr Ngerng once again misled the Prime Minister and the public when he said, through his lawyer, that he would remove the YouTube video, but did not do so.
"Despite his promise...the YouTube video has not been removed. It has instead been privatised. In other words, your client continues to make it available to a select group of people."
Mr Singh said: "We learnt of two emails which appear to have been sent by your client, one to many people, including members of the local and international media, and the other to a blind list."
He said that these emails "republish the YouTube video and the offending posts, but this time to a far wider audience. They also notified the addressees of where they could continue to read some of the offending posts after 5pm yesterday."
He mentioned that "those emails also assert that your client's allegation against our client is 'the truth' and that our client has complained about the offending posts 'to eliminate the evidence of the corruption' from your client's blog".
Mr Davinder asked Mr Ravi to write back before 5pm on Tuesday to inform him if Mr Ravi knew whether Mr Ngerng had intended to remove the offending YouTube video, and whether Mr Ngerng did send the two emails.
He said that Mr Lee reserves his right to recover aggravated damages.
Roy Ngerng offers to pay $5,000
Mr Ngerng disclosed on his blog on Tuesday that he has sent a lawyer's letter to Mr Lee, offering to pay $5,000 damages "with each party to bear their own costs". The sum is based on Mr Ngerng's "modest living and income" as a health-care worker.