• Singapore PM grilled by activist in defamation case
    Singapore PM grilled by activist in defamation case

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong insisted he was defamed and sought aggravated damages on Wednesday from an activist who grilled the leader in court for seven hours as part of a civil case. Lee said the defendant, Roy Ngerng, had been "insincere" in his apologies and continued to worsen his original libel by repeating false allegations in blogs and a YouTube video clip. Lee sued Ngerng in May 2014 after the blogger accused him of misusing public funds, a sensitive issue for officials in the city-state known to have the least corrupt government in Asia.

  • The Edge confirms receiving show cause letter

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Edge has confirmed that it has received a show cause letter from the Home Ministry. Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Edge Media Group, Ho Kay Tat said the ministry has given them seven days s to provide a written explanation on why actions should not be taken against The Edge Malaysia and The Edge Financial Daily under the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984. “We are accused of publishing articles on 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) that have created confusion and doubts about the Government and our financial institutions. “The letter did not specify the articles,” he said in a statement tonight. Ho said the media group had been reporting on 1MDB since it was known as Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA) and in the last six months, and had published more than 300 articles on 1MDB from various sources - Bernama, Bloomberg, Reuters, Singapore Business Times, Euromoney as well as through their own reporting in their from the media channels in The Edge Media Group. “We will be compiling them to help any investigation into our alleged offences.

  • Singapore PM takes to the stand for hours in blogger defamation case
    Singapore PM takes to the stand for hours in blogger defamation case

    By Rujun Shen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took the stand for nearly seven hours on Wednesday, answering questions from a blogger he has successfully sued for defamation as the Supreme Court tried to decide how much he should be paid in damages. Lee sued Roy Ngerng, 34, for a blog last year in which the defendant was alleged to have implicated Lee in impropriety in connection with how funds in Singapore's mandatory retirement savings scheme are managed. Its leaders have previously sued or settled out of court with foreign media for alleged defamation, but this is the first time a blogger has faced such action.