The amount includes S$100,000 for damages, and S$50,000 for aggravated damages.
On top of that, he will need to fork out another S$30,000 for PM Lee’s legal fees, which must be paid by this coming Wednesday.
Justice Lee Seiu Kin said that the amount of compensation awarded was low compared to other similar incidents of defamation against the PM.
“While the cases indicate that the damages awarded to Prime Ministers who have been defamed have been substantial, some in excess of S$300,000, none of them involved a defendant of modest standing. The comparatively low standing of the defendant warranted a substantial reduction.”
Ngerng will have to pay S$100 a month for the first 5 years, and thereafter S$1000 a month.
That means he will take some 18 years to pay off the full amount, and by then he will be 52 years old.
PM Lee will be 82 years old by the time.
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.