Blogger Roy Ngerng has received about S$81,000 (RM208,553) in donations for his legal defence against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s defamation suit over his allegations that Lee had criminally misappropriated CPF savings.
The money from more than 1,000 people exceeds the S$70,000 (RM180,231) he had estimated is needed to pay for his lawyer’s fees, research costs and court charges.
The 33-year-old health-care worker passed the target on Monday, five days after an online plea to people last Thursday to help pay his legal bills.
His crowdfunding effort was made on his blog The Heart Truths, in which he also gave instructions on how to transfer money to his bank account.
On Tuesday, he said that the amount he received showed “unprecedented support” from Singaporeans from all walks of life.
He also said the excess sum of about S$11,000 (RM28,322) will be put aside for damages and “any further expected legal fees”.
The suit against Ngerng stems from a May 15 blog post in which he compared a Channel NewsAsia chart detailing the relationship among City Harvest Church leaders, prosecuted for allegedly misusing about S$50mil (RM12.8mil) in church funds, to a chart he had created.
His chart set out the relationships among the Central Provident Fund, Lee, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Temasek Holdings, GIC and other Singapore companies.
His blog post, said Lee’s lawyer in a May 18 letter, can be understood to mean the Prime Minister, who is also chairman of state investment firm GIC, is guilty of criminal misappropriation of CPF savings. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network