ROY NGERNG TO CHALLENGE PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG IN COURT

28 May 2014
 
M/s Drew & Napier LLC
10 Collyer Quay
#10-01 Ocean Financial Centre
Singapore 049315
 
Attn: Mr Davinder Singh SC
 
 
Dear Sirs
 
DEFAMATION
 
1. We refer to your letter dated 26 May 2014. As part of your client's demand to our client, you have stated at paragraph 16 of the said letter that our client undertakes in writing that he will not aggravate the injury and distress to your client through similar other posts.
 
2. For the avoidance of doubt, similar other posts should not be construed as a curtailment of our client's right to his freedom of expression to write or engage the public ont he CPF issue and raise any matter relating to CPF that requires transparency and accountability to the public.
 
3. Any attempt to curtail this would be frowned upon by Article 14 of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore, especially since these other posts do not refer directly to your client. In this regard, we refer you to Article 23 of the ASEAN Human Rights Charter that reads: –
 
"Every person has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, including freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information, whether orally, in writing or through any other medium of that person's choice"
 
4. Our client's clarion call for an open dialogue on the CPF issue is also in line with recent parliamentary exchanges that emphasize the importance of a robust debate.
 
5. Finally, we have instructions to accept service of process on behalf of our client.
 
 
 
 
Yours faithfully,
 
 
M Ravi
cc. client
 

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