November 8, 2014

Singapore HC finds blogger guilty of defaming PM

Singapore High Court has found a blogger guilty of defaming the island nation's Prime Minister. 

In his blog 'The Heart Truths', Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, had alleged irregularities in the management of Singapore's mandatory retirement savings scheme, the Central Provident Fund. 

PM Lee's lawyer has written to Roy Ngerng asking him to take down the original article and links posted on his Facebook pages and to offer apology. 

"My articles have been calling for greater accountability and transparency, and instead of acknowledging these issues, the prime minister has decided to sue me,'' Ngerng says, the news agency AFP has reported, "I am quite disappointed and at this point. I am still in discussion with my lawyer on my next course of action.''

With mainstream media generally supporting PM Lee, critics find the social media suitable for raising their voices. Some media watch groups and social media platforms have come out in support of the blogger and criticised this attempt to silence criticism.