PM Lee responds to blogger’s affidavit

PM Lee responds to blogger’s affidavit
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally in 2013. TODAY file photo
Published: 7:08 PM, August 29, 2014
Updated: 7:44 PM, August 29, 2014

SINGAPORE — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has responded to an affidavit filed by blogger Roy Ngerng, arguing that parts of the affidavit are “inadmissible, irrelevant and/or an abuse of the process of the court”.

Mr Lee, who is suing Mr Ngerng over his posts alleging misappropriation of Central Provident Fund monies, had filed a court application for a summary judgment to wrap the case without calling on both the plaintiff and defendant to appear at a hearing.

In his reply to Mr Ngerng’s affidavit, Mr Lee said Mr Ngerng dealt with matters “which are not relevant” to the issues in the application for the summary judgment. The affidavit, which Mr Ngerng filed on Aug 4, was also “designed to advance (Mr Ngerng’s) political agenda, and contains legal arguments, which have no place in an affidavit”.

“I have also been advised by my solicitors and verily believe that I should not dignify the (Mr Ngerng’s) abuse of the process of this court by responding to matters which are inadmissible and irrelevant to the application,” Mr Lee wrote in his response dated Aug 20, a copy of which was sent to the media by Mr Ngerng. “I will therefore confine this reply to one factual matter.”

Referring to Mr Ngerng’s affidavit, he said that Mr Ngerng had taken issue with the request to remove two articles he wrote in 2012 and 2013, as both articles had no mention of Mr Lee. “But the defendant is well aware of the reason he was asked to remove the two posts,” Mr Lee said. “It was set out in my solicitors’ letter dated 26 May 2014 to the defendant’s solicitors.”

In a statement today, Mr Ngerng, who was sacked from his job as patient coordinator at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said: “As stated earlier, I have asked my counsel to resist the application vigorously.”