Blogger Roy Ngerng must remove posts or face aggravated damages

Blogger Roy Ngerng must remove posts or face aggravated damages
He is however requesting that the Monday 5pm deadline to write in with an offer of damages and costs be extended to Wednesday 5pm instead.

*Update at 230pm* Roy Ngerng agrees to remove blog posts, asks to extend damages deadline

Blogger Roy Ngerng was put on notice by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's lawyer on Monday that he is to immediately remove four blog posts and a youtube video or face aggravated damages.


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Mr Ngerng apologised to Mr Lee on Friday May 23 for a blog post on May 15 alleging that the PM misappropriated CPF monies. He later put up two other posts - one containing a 14-minute YouTube video - after he was served a letter of demand on May 18.

Mr Lee's lawyer, Davinder Singh, sent another letter to the blogger on Monday, which stated that Mr Ngerng was insincere in his apology.

The recent posts and YouTube video, made public on May 24, showed that his "apology and undertaking was not and never meant to be genuine" and he had used the occasion "to raise his public profile, garner support and sympathy, and renew his attack" against Mr Lee.

In the latest letter, Mr Singh said that if Mr Ngerng immediately removed the four other blog posts and YouTube video and undertook in writing by 5pm today to not further aggravate the injury and distress to Mr Lee through similar other posts, videos or other means, Mr Lee would, provided that the posts and videos were not republished and the undertaking was honoured, be prepared not to claim any aggravated damages from Mr Ngerng.

"In that event, the offer that your client is required to make by 5pm today need only address the damages arising from the matters in our letter of demand dated 18 May 2014 and in our letter of 23 May 2014," Mr Singh wrote.

If Mr Ngerng complies to remove the offending posts by 5pm today, the letter says that Mr Lee will "be prepared not to claim aggravated damages" from Mr Ngerng. He would only need to "address the damages arising from the matters" previously demanded in letters dated May 18 and May 23.

However, the letter continues, if Mr Ngerng fails to comply, "he is to factor these aggravating circumstances", as well as the previous matters, "into his calculation of the offer of damages which he is required to make by 5pm today".

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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