Background: I was sued by the Singapore prime minister for defamation in 2014. In the same year, the judge ruled in a summary judgment that I have defamed prime minister. I was ordered to pay S$150,000 to the prime minister in 2015. I have apologised to the prime minister. Yesterday, it was reported that my lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam has helped to negotiate for a settlement.
AsiaOne also reported: “Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong turned down blogger Roy Ngerng’s request that he be let off by paying $36,000 of the $150,000 he owes in damages. PM Lee responded to the request by saying Mr Ngerng had to pay his debt in full.”
- I have to pay S$30,000 (in costs) by tomorrow.
- From April 1, I have to pay S$100 every month for 5 years.
- After 5 years, from 2021, I have to pay S$1,000 every month until the damages are paid off.
In total, I have to pay S$180,000, inclusive of S$30,000 in costs. (Including the previous payment that I have made to the costs of the summary judgment (S$29,000) and application for the Queen’s Counsel (S$6,000), I would have paid/will pay S$215,000.)
I did not intend to do a formal fund raising as I had wanted to put things behind.
But I am thankful to friends and supporters who have still sent in funds to help defray the costs. I am grateful.
If you would like to help to defray the costs, you can also fund raise to the bank account at POSB Savings Bank Account 130-23068-7 (Ngerng Yi Ling).
As with the funds raised previously, I will update if I receive any funds and how they were used (here*, here and here). About S$30,000 was also paid to lawyer George Hwang. There are other miscellaneous court fees and costs which I have paid but are which not factored here, which amounts to the thousands.
As of 11.45am today, I have received a total of S$6,440.
*Note: Of the S$70,000 paid to lawyer M Ravi, I have asked for S$20,000 to be returned which went towards paying lawyer George Hwang and which would be used to pay the prime minister as well.