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Singaporean PM files statement of claim against blogger Roy Ngerng

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The Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has filed a statement of claim with the court in his defamation action against blogger Roy Ngerng.

The documents, which were reportedly given to the 33-year-old Singaporean on Wednesday and then released to the media yesterday, list nine reasons why the Prime Minister believes he is entitled to more compensation than the S$4000 that Ngerng has offered. These reasons include claims that he published without regard to the consequences, injured Lee’s reputation and has used media coverage regarding the case to promote himself.

Ngerng is being sued for defamation after making allegations on his blog, The Heart Truths, about the Central Provident Fund, a compulsory savings plan for working Singaporeans.

According to the Straits Times, the latest statement of claim accuses Ngerng of “malice”, “not caring whether (the allegations) were true or false”, repeating the libels despite admitting they were false and the “calculated and cynical conduct to use the occasion of his libels to promote himself and cause further distress and injury to” Prime Minister Lee.

Since the story erupted back in May, Ngerng has lost his job with a Singaporean public hospital and has issued a public YouTube video appealing for donations to help fund his campaign.

The legal action has drawn much local and international media coverage with some questioning the decision by the Prime Minister to take court action against the previously unknown blogger.

To read the full Straits Times story on the statement of claim click here.

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