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Sunday, 4 April 2021

Singapore blogger crowdfunds $99,000 to pay PM damages in defamation case

A Singaporean blogger said on Monday he had raised $98,840 via crowdfunding on social media to cover damages he was ordered to pay Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a defamation case filed by the city-state’s leader. Lee had sued Leong Sze Hian, a financial advisor, after he shared on Facebook an online news article that linked the premier to a financial scandal at Malaysia’s state fund 1MDB. Social media platform Reddit hit by outages in US  Lee’s lawyers have said such links were “false and baseless”. Leong had deleted the November 2018 Facebook post within three days of sharing it, complying with a government request. The Singapore high court on March 24 ordered him to pay Lee S$133,000. “I am very happy, very grateful,” he told Reuters on Monday. Leaker says they are offering private details of 500 million Facebook users Leong made the announcement on Facebook late on Sunday, when he posted: “It is finished. All paid for.” As the head of a government that has pledged zero tolerance of corruption, Lee, 69, is no stranger to seeking to protect his reputation via legal channels. Senior figures in the ruling People’s Action Party, including Lee’s late father and the founder of modern-day Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, have previously sued foreign media, political opponents, and online commentators for defamation.

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