SINGAPORE - Blogger Roy Ngerng, who has been sued for defamation by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, was yesterday shown the door by his employer, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).
On his part, Mr Ngerng could not seem to decide whether his work had suffered or not over the past few weeks.
Initially, he admitted on his Facebook page: "The stress of the court case has made it difficult for me to concentrate on my job."
All packed up and on his way home after he was told to leave, Mr Ngerng also told My Paper: "Trying to ramp up advocacy (on the CPF issue) also affected my ability to do my work."
Some minutes later, he sent a text to say that he had "contributed immensely" at work and that his sacking was politically motivated.
He also updated his Facebook page to reflect that stand.
Meanwhile, his initial post was still doing the rounds on The Real Singapore, a socio-political website.
Later in the evening, Mr Ngerng called to say that his initial statement could still be attributed to him.
TTSH said that Mr Ngerng had neglected his duty, misused his time at work, and did not keep in line with the company's values and standards.
"Mr Ngerng's neglect of duty and his improper public conduct have compromised his work performance, and are contrary to the high standard of integrity required," a TTSH spokesman said.
Mr Ngerng worked as a patient coordinator at the Communicable Disease Centre for two years. He was on a yearly contract.
Last month, TTSH issued him a formal letter warning him of his misconduct when his contract was up for renewal, but decided to give him a chance and renewed his contract, the spokesman said.
She added that Mr Ngerng continued to misuse company time and resources to access non-job related social media sites to pursue his personal interests.