I was sued by the Singapore prime minister for an article on this blog and have been asked to pay him S$180,000.
Thank you everyone for your support and contributing to the funds for the defamation suit. I am very thankful and grateful for your support. It would have been difficult to do this alone.
As of 12pm today, I have raised S$29,477.36.
The funds were raised from the POSB bank account and PayPal, and also from customers at my dad’s stall who have been kind enough to support. A nice lady also recognised me on the street and also gave me S$150.
(1) POSB Savings Bank Account 130-23068-7 (Ngerng Yi Ling): S$23,135.47
(2) PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org): S$4,627.89
(3) Customers at my dad’s carrot cake stall: S$200
My dad sells carrot cake at Block 107 in Ang Mo Kio. Some people had visited my dad’s stall to pass him some contributions.
A man gave my dad S$200 for the fund raising yesterday. Thank you for your help!
Some people have also said that they would like to visit my dad’s stall to eat the carrot cake. Just to let you know, he is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from about 4pm to about 11pm/midnight.
The funds coming in have slowed down. But as long as there are funds coming in, I will update them on the blog.
First Installment Payment Made to Prime Minister
Yesterday, I also made the first installment payment of S$100 to the prime minister. (Two weeks ago, I paid him S$30,000 for the costs.)
I have to pay him S$100 every month from April 1 2016, for 5 years. Thereafter from 2021, I have to pay him S$1,000 every month until the S$150,000 in damages are paid off.
Below are some posts I made on my Facebook and I thought to share them here.
Here are all the basic statistics you need to know about the socioeconomic situation in Singapore. Read this and understand what is at stake for your life in Singapore.
(If you need to just read one thing to understand what’s really going on in Singapore, all you need is to read this to know the economic truths in Singapore.)
On unemployment benefits:
I will just leave this here. I will stop writing for a while. I didn’t know that people close to me were hurting from what I have been doing. People have even asked them how they raised their son.
I cannot keep hurting the people who love me the most.
People can read and make up their own minds of what’s happening here, and what they need to do.
You can also read and share the above via Facebook:
You can also read the following links:
- Top 10 articles on my blog – which show you what Singaporeans are most concerned about (CPF, wages, healthcare and education) but more importantly, how these issues come together in the larger scheme of things
- Calculations on how Singapore already has existing funds – to fully cover for the free healthcare and education, and adequate pension for Singaporeans, but which the government is not doing
- Calculations (as above) – also to illustrate how the investment earnings from the two government’s investment firms – GIC and Temasek Holdings – and foreign worker levies can also provide for free healthcare and education, as well as to increase the wages of workers
- Summary writeup on the CPF
- Calculation on how much minimum wage should be – by estimating the minimum expenses of Singaporeans
Thank You for Your Support for the Fund Raising
As of this morning, a total of $$29,477.36 has been raised. I still have to pay another S$149,900 to the prime minister.
If you would also like to help to defray the costs and damages, you can also fund raise to the bank account at POSB Savings Bank Account 130-23068-7 (Ngerng Yi Ling) or PayPal at email@example.com. Thank you.
The funds coming in have slowed down. But for transparency, I will continue to update on the funds raised and used, on this blog.
Meanwhile, I have also attached my LinkedIn profile here, if it might be of interest. I was fired after I was sued – the hospital that I worked at and the Ministry of Health, Singapore sent out press releases to support the firing, with the hospital alluding to the defamation suit.
If you have a job opening, scholarship or fellowship, please feel free to contact me on the opportunities. I would be grateful if you do so. I am open to working overseas as well.
Background: In 2014, I was sued by the Singapore prime minister for defamation. The judge ruled in a summary judgment that I have defamed him. I have apologised to the prime minister. I was ordered to pay damages of S$150,000 to him. In a settlement reached with the help of my lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam, I am to pay an additional S$30,000 in costs. In total, 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.
Two weeks ago, I have paid the first tranche of S$30,000 (of the S$180,000) to the prime minister. From April 1, 2016, for the next 5 years, I have to pay $100 every month. Thereafter, from 2021, I have to pay $1,000 every month until I finish paying.
You can read the previous updates here: [One] [Two] [Three] [Four] [Five] [Six] [Seven] [Eight] [Nine] [Ten] [Eleven] [Twelve] [Thirteen] [Fourteen]. I would like to thank Mothership.sg for reporting about the fund raising.
You can also read the previous update on the funds raised in 2014 and its usage. I would like to thank The Straits Times for reporting about it. There were also inaccurate online reports that the funds were used to pay overseas trips. This is untrue. You can read more about these in the update here.