A Singapore blogger who faces a
defamation lawsuit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he
raised more than S$70,000 ($55,700) in four days through
crowdfunding to pay for his legal costs.
Donations climbed to S$72,043.91 as of yesterday, exceeding
his target of S$70,000, Roy Ngerng said in a blog post. Lee sued
Ngerng over a May 15 article, and the blogger said his apology
and offer of S$5,000 for damages were declined. Chang Li Lin,
Lee’s press secretary, declined to comment about Ngerng’s
funding efforts when contacted by phone.
Ngerng’s case comes as the government grapples with how to
regulate comments made online, with plans including the
introduction of anti-harassment laws to curb cyber-bullying.
More than a thousand people contributed to Ngerng’s appeal for
funds for the first lawsuit of its kind by a Singapore
politician against a blogger, according to his lawyer M. Ravi.
“As far as I know, this is the first time a political
leader in Singapore is suing a blogger,” Ravi said when
contacted by phone today.
Ngerng was asked to apologize to the prime minister and
remove the article which “impugns his character, credit and
integrity,” according to a copy of a letter by Davinder Singh,
Lee’s lawyer, which was posted on Ngerng’s website on May 19.
Ngerng’s apology wasn’t genuine and was instead used “to
raise his public profile, garner support and sympathy and renew
his attack” against Lee, according to a copy of another letter
from Lee’s lawyer posted on Ngerng’s blog on May 26.
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Singapore Blogger Tops Funding Goal to Defend Against Lee"s Suit