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Deadline set for blogger to offer damages to PM Lee for false allegation

Drew & Napier have set a deadline of 5pm on Monday (May 26) for Mr Ngerng to send over a written offer of damages and costs. 

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has responded, through his lawyers, to an apology by a blogger for "serious libel".

Drew & Napier, acting on behalf of the Prime Minister, noted in a letter on Friday (May 23) that Mr Roy Ngerng accepts that he had put forth an allegation that was "false and completely without foundation".

He had earlier posted an infographic that accused Mr Lee of being guilty of criminal misappropriation of Central Provident Fund monies.

Mr Ngerng, a 33-year-old healthcare worker, has since taken down the blogpost.

And he posted an apology for it early on Friday morning, ahead of a 5pm deadline to comply with a letter of demand sent from Mr Lee's lawyers.

However, Drew & Napier said Mr Lee is fully entitled to damages, despite a request from Mr Ngerng's lawyer, Mr M Ravi, for this demand to be dropped.

Mr Ravi had written: "This would be so as not to reduce our client to a most assuredly disadvantaged position."

Drew & Napier have set a deadline of 5pm on Monday (May 26) for Mr Ngerng to send over a written offer of damages and costs. If not, legal proceedings will start against him.

It said the damages that are offered should reflect "the gravity of the false and malicious charge", its widespread circulation, and the standing of Mr Lee. 

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