Hello everyone, thank you for your support and well-wishes. It has been an arduous two weeks. I am doing well so far.
Last Sunday, the Singapore prime minister issued a letter of demand to me for defamation. I have thus far acceded to the requests of the prime minister to remove several of the articles that I had written and a video that I made. I have also offered the Prime Minister my apology.
The Prime Minister, through his lawyers, has rejected my offer of damages in the amount of S$5000.00.
The case will now go before the courts. The case will now essentially focus on a hearing involving assessment of damages since I have already apologised. It will ultimately involve cross-examination of the Prime Minister on the quantum of damages.
My lawyer, M Ravi, will be leading a team in preparation for the hearing. As most of you know, he champions many Human Rights causes, most of which he undertakes without charge. However, he only has a small practice with finite resources. In view of the magnitude of the matter, the amount of resources required and the likelihood that it will last almost a year, I need to raise the legal fees required.
I expect the legal fees would amount to at least $70,000 and this would include:
• Filing fees
• Lawyer’s fees
If you would like to help me with this, you can make a deposit to POSB Account Number 130-23068-7 (Ngerng Yi Ling).
Any amount will be much appreciated.
The actual amount of damages, which is separate from the legal fees I am trying to raise, will only be known after the court case is over.
I am very grateful to the many Singaporeans who have shown your support during the period, and the words of encouragement from you and your families. Several Singaporeans have written to me and thanked me for standing up and speaking up. Please know that I very much appreciate your being here.
I will continue to stay strong and do what I can. This has been a challenging episode but with your support, we will get through with this.
I have done my best to this point, and will continue doing so. Thank you for being here.
Let’s be the change we wish to see.