Blogger and activist, Roy Ngerng has raised S$125,206.26 over seven days of fundraising to pay for defamation damages to be paid to the Prime Minister of Singapore.

Mr Ngerng, who is currently based in Taiwan, said that he managed to raise the 87% of the targeted sum of S$144,000 with the support of 1,750 individuals.

In his latest update of the fundraising campaign, he shared that he is very glad and touched that many have come onboard to support him and to contribute to the crowdfunding.

“What I want to say is this, I cannot do this without you. This movement would not happen without you, and you are very much a part of this. Even if you have not contributed, the moral support and encouragement you are giving is already very valuable – you are also a part of this.” wrote Mr Ngerng.

To Mr Ngerng, this crowdfunding campaign and support that he is receiving, is a reflection of how things have changed in Singapore, that people are willing to come onboard and be brave.

Earlier today, Mr Ngerng had also did a write up about his experience after he was sued by the Prime Minister and how he was treated by his friends.

Besides updating the figures of the fund raiser, Mr Ngerng also shared several comments from his supporters as to why they have donated to his cause.

As the amount raised is very close to the target sum, he will be updating more regularly on Thursday so as to keep the supporters up to date on the sum raised.

Background of Roy Ngerng’s defamation suit

Mr Ngerng was sued by Mr Lee Hsien Loong in 2014, over an article that he wrote on his blog, “The Heart Truths”.

The blogpost which was published in May 2014, had compared the Government’s usage of CPF monies to the City Harvest Church leaders’ alleged misuse of church funds.

On 17 December 2015, the Supreme Court ordered Ngerng to pay S$150,000 in damages to Mr Lee for defaming and accusing him of misappropriating government funds. This comprises S$100,000 in general damages and S$50,000 in aggravated damages.

In a settlement deal with PM Lee, Mr Ngerng would pay S$100 a month for five years, and S$1,000 a month subsequently in damages awarded until the full sum of S$150,000 is paid.

According to Mr Ngerng, he currently owes PM Lee a sum of S$144,000. Based on the outstanding sum, he would have to continue his payment via instalments for the next 12 years, until 2033.

Mr Ngerng who left Singapore because he could not find a job anymore, notes that the monthly installment of S$1000 is nearly half of his monthly salary.

He shared that he revived his fundraising campaign on the encouragement of friends and supporters to help him pay off the outstanding amount and get him out of this financial burden that has been hanging over his head since 2016.

Mr Ngerng’s campaign follows the success of Mr Leong Sze Hian, a veteren blogger and financial adviser who managed to raised over $133,000 over 11 days from over 2000 individuals, to pay PM Lee for defamation damages.

Mr Leong was also sued by PM Lee for defamation over a Facebook share of an article in 2018.

Just last month, the High Court ordered Mr Leong Sze Hian to pay PM Lee S$133,000 for defamation, which includes $100,000 in general damages and $33,000 in aggravated damages.

The amount of damage was made in reference to Mr Ngerng’s case.

Justice Aedit Abdullah in his judgement found that the defamatory statement in the article shared by Mr Leong was worse compared to allegations made in Mr Ngerng’s case.

If you would like to support Mr Ngerng’s fundraising, you can donate to:

  • POSB Savings Account Number (Singapore) – 130-23068-7 (Ngerng Yi Ling)
  • PayNow (Singapore): S8113784F
  • PayPal – [email protected]
  • E.Sun Bank(玉W銀行) Bank Code 銀行代碼: 808 (Taiwan) – Account Number 存戶帳號: 0886-968-170270

 

 

 

Subscribe
Notify of
47 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

20 new cases of COVID-19 infection in S’pore; 7 cases in the community

As of Saturday noon (8 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has…

Lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss questions the “one-time assistance of S$500” featured on PAP’s Marine Parade GRC candidate’s flyers

Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, a lawyer and former member of the Singapore People’s Party…

兀兰检查站拦截两马国电单车 秘密隔间藏逾88包逃税烟

移民与关卡局官员在兀兰检查站拦截了两架马来西亚注册电单车,起获超过88包及36箱逃税香烟,逮捕两名骑士。 当局于上周末(21日)在脸书专页帖文指出,当局于本月13日,在兀兰检查站拦截了两辆马国注册电单车,并在车子后安装载货箱内,发现了秘密隔间,隐藏着36箱和88包逃税香烟。 分别25和32岁的马国电单车骑士当场被逮捕,随后交由新加坡海关跟进调查。 当局指出,有关隐藏手法已经引起当局关注,因为企图走私物品进入我国的人们,或许会采取类似方式。 各种奇葩走私香烟手段  网民目不暇给 从马国企图走私香烟入境我国的案件频频发生,并非新鲜事项,但是他们的走私手法却越来越高明了。 就在上个月22日,大士关卡的执法人员就成功拦截了一辆经过改装的车子,在车子的车顶和底层起获了502条和1260包漏税香烟,并逮捕了一名32岁女子。 还有者把私烟夹在包装面包里,企图瞒天过海入境,不过由于行迹可疑,最终还是被执法官员拦截。 就连移民关卡局的脸书小编都不仅调侃:“有谁要试试香烟三文治吗?”

Josephine Teo: Dorms designed for communal living where workers socialise and interact closely

Speaking at a virtual press conference yesterday (15 May), Manpower Minister Josephine…