Hello everyone, this is the tenth update. The funds have slowed down.
It’s been a month since I received the Letter of Demand for Defamation. 3 weeks later, I spoke at Singapore’s largest protest since independence at the #ReturnOurCPF event to advocate for the return of our CPF back to Singaporeans. A few days later, I was dismissed from my job.
Over the past one week, my lawyer had filed my defence:
In summary, the defence is arguing that since Mr Ngerng has already admitted that the allegations are false and unfounded, there is therefore no longer defamation.
And since Mr Ngerng has also already apologised, there is no value in the defamation case anymore, because there is no real and substantive case for the plaintiff.
I am taking a rest for now but hope to get back on my feet soon.
We have raised more than $110,000 at this point. We reached the target of $70,000 for the legal fees four days after the fund raising began. You can read more about what the court case is about and the fund raising appeal here.
We are now awaiting the pre-trial on 4 July 2014. The court case will be decided at a later date.
We are $40,299 in excess at this point. The funds will be set aside for any legal costs orders (if) made against me during the court proceedings by the court for me to pay the opposing sides legal cost if I lose any (interlocutory) applications in court. We have currently stopped putting out an active appeal for funds but if the funds continue coming in, I will be open and transparent with them and publish them, so as to be accountable.
Please see below for further information on the funds coming in so far, as of 3.00pm today.
Funds Raised So Far
We have raised $110,299 so far.
Please see below the transaction histories of the bank accounts.
Below is the transaction history for the POSB Savings Bank Account 130-23068-7 (Ngerng Yi Ling). This is my personal bank account.
$90,258.90 has been raised from here.
Below is the transaction history for the OCBC Savings Bank Account 657-4-111750 (Ngerng Mui Choo). My father helped set up this bank account yesterday solely for this fund raising.
$4,127.82 has been raised from here.
There is no recent funds coming in via PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that the PayPal is linked to my personal POSB bank account. I will include these amounts in the funds raised when they enter my personal POSB bank account, for ease of accounting.
$5,541.20 has been raised from here.
Over the past week, I received a red packet from a well-wisher and another contribution from a fellow blogger. $200 was raised.
In total, $15,885.60 has been raised in cash.
We have reached the target of $70,000 for the legal and court fees. We have stopped putting out an active appeal funds at this point. For the actual amount of damages, we would only be able to know after the court case is over. Based on past cases, the damages go above $200,000.
There are still funds coming in – please note that the additional funds will be set aside any legal costs orders (if) made against me during the court proceedings by the court for me to pay the opposing sides legal cost if I lose any (interlocutory) applications in court. If there is any excess, the options will be to donate them to charity – I will consult Singaporeans on the use of the excess funds.
I will continue to keep transparent records of the funds so as to be accountable and allow everyone to keep track of the funds.
What’s Going On So Far
Since the episode has begun, much has been finally discussed about the CPF. There have been at least 3 forums held on the CPF over the past 3 weeks by the PAP, NSP and SPP. I have been actively attending the forums by the NSP and SPP and managed to gather feedback, which I hope to write about soon. I was not able to attend the forum organised by MP Hri Kumar.
The government has also since released a number of responses to the CPF since this episode has started, which I hope to discuss soon as well. Over the past one month, this episode has allowed more people to find out about the CPF and more has been written about the CPF as well. This is a positive development for Singapore, where Singaporeans are now more knowledgeable, and are discussing about how to improve the workings of our CPF.
We have to keep up with this. I am only an ordinary Singaporean who is seeking answers for our CPF, just like many other Singaporeans. My only hope is that I will be able to continue to do so, and that for the good for our country and our future, we will be able to continue to seek for answers and devise effective solutions for to move our country forward.
I have set up a petition to ask for the return of our CPF. You can sign the petition here. If the government can be transparent and accountable about how our CPF is being invested and increase the CPF interest rates, Singaporeans would be able to save enough to retire on. Our people will be protected.