Singapore blogger Xiaxue obtains protection order against SMRT Ltd (Feedback)

Nurul Azliah Aripin
Lifestyle Lead
Wendy Cheng, also known as Xiaxue, names and shames her online bullies. (Yahoo! file photo)

[UPDATE on Friday, 6 February 2015, 10:30pm: Adding SMRT Ltd (Feedback)'s response]

Online satire site SMRT Ltd (Feedback) has responded to blogger Xiaxue's court-ordered protection order against them by trolling her online.

While the group originally said they would publish a response on Saturday, they posted a photo of a person in a mocking pose along with the statement: "Pursuant to Chapter 6, Sect. 56, Paragraph 4 of the law of Courts SG, we, SMRT Ltd (Feedback) hereby reveal ourselves as one united person of badassery.

"We have stopped making insulting remarks against Xiaxue, or anyone else since last year and have no interest in contesting the Protection Order because Xiaxue rightfully needs it for protection against people who are out to stalk or cause harm. However, the court did not say that we cannot do anything that can be constituted as fair comment.

"You bring the law to us? We will bring the law to you. Stay tuned."

Earlier, news broke that Xiaxue, in a successful test of Singapore's new harassment protection law, had obtained on Thursday an order from the courts prohibiting the site from making "insulting or abusive communication" about her, her husband and her son.

In a blog post on Friday, Xiaxue, whose real name is Wendy Cheng, said she believed it was the first time that such an application – made under the Protection from Harassment Act that came into effect last November – has been successfully filed against an anonymous entity.

If SMRT Ltd (Feedback) disobeys the court order, they will be liable to “process of execution” and will be guilty of an offence under section 10 of the Protection from Harassment Act 2014. They will be punishable with a fine not exceeding S$5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.

SMRT Ltd (Feedback) then responded to her application, stating in a Facebook post soon after her blog was published that they will be revealing their identities and produce an apology as part of their legal response by 12pm on Saturday.

"It is with sadness that we have to inform followers of SMRT Ltd (Feedback) that pursuant to a court order by the State Court, passed on the 5th of February 2015, we are to reveal our identities on this page as well as post an apology by 12pm, tomorrow (Saturday 7 Feb 2015)," said the post.

Read the details of the protection order here:

The first page of a Protection Order obtained by blogger Wendy Cheng against SMRT Ltd (Feedback), uploaded by Cheng on her blog. [Click for larger version]
The second page of a court order obtained by blogger Wendy Cheng against SMRT Ltd (Feedback), uploaded to her blog [Click for larger version]

Cheng’s surprise legal action comes after having been, she said, "harassed by them, more or less nonstop, since 2012".

She accused them of disparaging her character and work integrity, imputing her "unchastity" and insulting her husband and child.

The blogger also said she has received death threats from strangers following allegedly harassing comments by SMRT Ltd (Feedback).

“All in all, I felt that SMRT's constant attacks on me, and their resulting comments stream which provides a widely seen avenue for my haters to post all kinds of private information about me, compromises my family's and my safety… Everytime SMRT posts about me, hundreds of horrible third party attacks will occur. To date, there are thousands,” she said.