Give him money because he fought for Singaporeans and their CPF monies – that’s the refrain from supporters of socio-political activist Roy Ngerng, who’s just been ordered to pay S$150,000 in compensation to PM Lee Hsien Loong for defamation, and another S$30,000 for legal fees.
Ngerng supporters have started an ad hoc donation drive, and have donated money straight to his POSB account.
They have posted screenshots of the donations, and urged others to chip in as well.
Responding to the court’s verdict, he said he’s happy that his actions “started a conversation on the CPF and some enhancements were made to the CPF.”
He also said he learnt some lessons from the whole saga.
“I should have been careful with how I say things. I am thankful to have reached the settlement with the prime minister. I hope to have a fresh start. I have been looking for a job and doing freelance photography. I hope to be able to find a job and make use of my work experience and skills in an area that I could make good use of. I miss contributing effectively to make positive change.”
In 2014, Ngerng had written several articles on his blog, The Heart Truths, comparing the government’s use of CPF monies to way City Harvest church leaders misused church fund.
He accused the government of doing so by means of its investment arms, Temasek Holdings and the GIC.
The court noted that his allegations of corruption and criminal conduct could have strong repercussions, and that his conduct was “malicious” and intended to injure PM Lee.