Blogger sued by PM raises $81,000

Blogger sued by PM raises $81,000
Roy Ngerng, a blogger, speaking at the Labour Day protest at Hong Lim Park on 1 May 2014.

SINGAPORE - Blogger Roy Ngerng has received about $81,000 in donations for his legal defence against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's defamation suit over his allegations that Mr Lee had criminally misappropriated CPF savings.

The money from more than 1,000 people exceeds the $70,000 he had estimated is needed to pay for his lawyer's fees, research costs and court charges.

The 33-year-old health-care worker passed the target on Monday, five days after an online plea to people last Thursday to help pay his legal bills.

His crowdfunding effort was made on his blog The Heart Truths, in which he also gave instructions on how to transfer money to his bank account.

Yesterday, he said in a statement that the amount he received showed "unprecedented support" from Singaporeans from all walks of life. He also said the excess sum of about $11,000 will be put aside for damages and "any further expected legal fees''.

The donation lists posted daily on his blog show the donations ranged from one cent to $2,000.

The suit against Mr Ngerng stems from a May 15 blog post in which he compared a Channel NewsAsia chart detailing the relationship among City Harvest Church leaders, prosecuted for allegedly misusing about $50 million in church funds, to a chart he had created.

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