CPF activists charged for Hong Lim Park heckling

SINGAPORE — Bloggers Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui are facing police action for their involvement in the Return Our CPF protest at Speakers’ Corner which turned ugly when the protesters disrupted a YMCA carnival.

On Facebook late tonight (Oct 23), Mr Ngerng wrote that he was being charged, and shared a copy of a post by The Real Singapore saying Mr Ngerng and fellow blogger Han Hui Hui are being charged for committing a public nuisance at the event on Sept 27.

Separately, Ms Han wrote on Facebook that she would be going to the Police Cantonment Complex tomorrow morning, and to “1 Havelock Square” — the State Courts’ address — next Monday (Oct 27) together with four others.

When contacted tonight, the police were unable to comment by press time on whether Mr Ngerng and Ms Han will be charged. Earlier today, the police said it has served conditional warnings to two individuals who had participated “actively” in the Sept 27 event, but did not say who these individuals were.

Responding to media queries, a police spokesperson said: “These actions are taken after careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, and in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers. The investigation outcome for the remaining individuals will be made known to them in due course.”

Meanwhile, the National Parks Board (NPark) rejected Ms Han’s request to be allowed to demonstrate at Speakers’ Corner on Saturday.

Her lawyer M Ravi had written to NParks today requesting the “ban” on her to hold events at Speakers’ Corner to be lifted by 4pm tomorrow, failing which Ms Han could pursue the matter in Court.

Calling NParks’ action a threat to Ms Han’s constitutional rights, Mr Ravi said the act of assisting the police does not constitute evidence of the breach of any law.

However, an NParks spokesperson said tonight in response to media queries that it does not agree with the assertions in the letter and is unable to accede to the request for the ban to be lifted.

On Tuesday, NParks announced that it had cancelled approvals granted to Ms Han to speak and demonstrate at the Speakers’ Corner this Saturday on the advice of the police.

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