Blogger and activist, Roy Ngerng raises over S$12,000 in only a day of fundraising for defamation damages to be paid to the Prime Minister of Singapore.
Mr Ngerng, who’s presently based mostly in Taiwan, was sued by Mr Lee Hsien Loong in 2014, over an article that he wrote on his weblog, “The Coronary heart Truths”.
The blogpost which was printed in Could 2014, had in contrast the Authorities’s utilization of CPF monies to the Metropolis Harvest Church leaders’ alleged misuse of church funds.
On 17 December 2015, the Supreme Courtroom ordered Ngerng to pay S$150,000 in damages to Mr Lee for defaming and accusing him of misappropriating authorities funds. This includes S$100,000 normally damages and S$50,000 in aggravated damages.
In a settlement cope with PM Lee, Mr Ngerng would pay S$100 a month for 5 years, and S$1,000 a month subsequently in damages awarded till the total sum of S$150,000 is paid.
Based on Mr Ngerng, he presently owes PM Lee a sum of S$144,000. Primarily based on the excellent sum, he must proceed his fee through instalments for the following 12 years, till 2033.
Mr Ngerng who left Singapore as a result of he couldn’t discover a job anymore, notes that the month-to-month installment of S$1000 is almost half of his month-to-month wage.
In a Fb put up yesterday, he shared that he revived his fundraising marketing campaign on the encouragement of buddies and supporters to assist him repay the excellent quantity and get him out of this monetary burden that has been hanging over his head since 2016.
Mr Ngerng’s marketing campaign follows the success of Mr Leong Sze Hian, a veteren blogger and monetary adviser who managed to raised over $133,000 over 11 days from over 2000 people, to pay PM Lee for defamation damages.
Mr Leong was additionally sued by PM Lee for defamation over a Fb share of an article in 2018.
Simply final month, the Excessive Courtroom ordered Mr Leong Sze Hian to pay PM Lee S$133,000 for defamation, which incorporates $100,000 normally damages and $33,000 in aggravated damages.
The quantity of injury was made in reference to Mr Ngerng’s case.
Justice Aedit Abdullah in his judgement discovered that the defamatory assertion within the article shared by Mr Leong was worse in comparison with allegations made in Mr Ngerng’s case.
Sharing a narrative of Mr Ngerng’s fundraising efforts on Fb, Professor Donald Low, wrote: “I used to be by no means a fan of Roy Ngerng’s writing however I really feel that the punishment meted out to him is excessive: not simply the monetary penalty, but in addition the truth that he can now not make a dwelling in Sg. And to should pay almost half his wage for the following decade is manifestly unjust.”
Prof Low added, “I hope we will all contribute a little bit to his fundraising effort even when we don’t agree with, or like, his writings. The message we’re sending after we contribute shouldn’t be that we agree with him, however that we disagree with what he’s been subjected to extra.”
If you want to assist Mr Ngerng’s fundraising, you’ll be able to donate to:
- POSB Financial savings Account Quantity (Singapore) – 130-23068-7 (Ngerng Yi Ling)
- PayNow (Singapore): S8113784F
- PayPal – [email protected]
- E.Solar Financial institution(玉W銀行) Financial institution Code 銀行代碼: 808 (Taiwan) – Account Quantity 存戶帳號: 0886-968-170270