News of Leong Sze Hian’s crowdfunding success to pay off PM Lee’s defamation damages made global headlines

But Singapore mainstream media has largely remained silent

It was reported on Monday (5 Apr) that Singapore mainstream media has largely remained silent over Leong Sze Hian’s crowdfunding success to raise the full damages awarded by the Singapore High Court to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the span of just 11 days.

Rather than publishing the news on its main newspapers, SPH has chosen to post the news on its AsiaOne online platform (‘Singapore blogger crowdfunds $99k to pay PM damages in defamation case‘).

Mr Leong, a financial advisor and blogger, initiated his crowdfunding effort on 25 March after the High Court ordered a sum of S$133,000 to be paid to PM Lee for the defamation suit brought against him by PM Lee.

He was able to raise the amount, thanks to the support from the public. However, he would still need to pay for the various cost stemming from legal cost and court fees.

While the local media in Singapore are reluctant to publicise the news of Mr Leong’s success in raising the S$133,000 from the Singaporean public too much, it has been picked up by news outlets worldwide:

What’s more, it is noteworthy that international news agency Bloomberg said in its article that it has reached out to PM Lee but “the Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment”.

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