S’pore PM wins defamation case against a blogger
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s High Court ruled on Friday that an activist defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong by accusing him in a blog of misappropriating state pension funds.
In the first such ruling in the city-state over a purely online article, a judge issued a summary judgment against Roy Ngerng, a 33-year-old former government employee.
Ngerng, who writes a blog called Heart Truths, was seeking trial to defend himself but High Court Judge Lee Seiu Kin ruled that there was “no tri- able defence against the plaintiff ’s claim”.
“There is no doubt that it is defamatory to suggest that the plaintiff is guilty of criminal misappropriation,” the judge said in a written ruling.
Damages will be set at a later date but in general, such civil suits are launched in the High Court when the value of claims is above Sg$250,000 ($200,000).
Ngerng has already admitted that his May 15 blog accusing the prime minister, who i s also chair man of state investment fund GIC, of misusing the Central Provident Fund (CPF) was false and without foundation.