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Blogger Roy Ngerng submits NMP application

'Heart Truths' blogger Roy Ngerng today (May 21) announced on Facebook that he has submitted his application to be a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP).

SINGAPORE: 'Heart Truths' blogger Roy Ngerng today (May 21) announced on Facebook that he has submitted his application to be a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP).

Mr Ngerng posted a photo of himself holding his application outside Parliament House, with the caption: "Looking forward to representing the voices of Singaporeans in Parliament. If I get selected!"

The proposal was submitted by fellow blogger Han Hui Hui, the Facebook post said.

Mr Ngerng was in the news recently over a legal request by Drew & Napier, sent on behalf of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, to remove an article that had been "published maliciously", according to the lawyer's letter.

The blogpost at the centre of the legal demand was taken down later the same day.

Human rights non-government organisation Maruah Singapore on Wednesday issued a media statement calling on Mr Lee to rebut the points made in Mr Ngerng's blogpost.

"A healthy and engaged society calls for diverse, independent voices who will need the space to express their views and face sharp rebuttals if their views are found wanting or even false," wrote Maruah president Braema Mathi. "Mr Ngerng’s articles can be and ought to be refuted by the Prime Minister for any misinformation or lapses in communication. We urge the Prime Minister to be open and to engage first in refuting Mr Roy Ngerng’s points of view robustly."

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