THE TEMASEK TIMES

News and views from an unique perspective

Posts Tagged ‘Lee Hsien Yang’

TR Emeritus expresses ‘regret’ and removes defamatory comment about Lee Hsien Yang

Posted by temasektimes on February 24, 2012

Less than one day after announcing to the whole world that it would ‘vigorously’ resist the demands by Mr Lee Hsien Loong to ‘protect freedom of expression in cyberspace’, embattled socio-political blog TR Emeritus did a stunning U-turn and back down.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the chairman of listed conglomerate Fraser and Neave (F&N), has sent a lawyer’s letter to  Mr Richard Wan, TRE’s official representative in Singapore on Tuesday, asking the site to remove an allegedly defamatory comment on its site about him.

Mr Tan Chuan Thye from Stamford Law, who is acting on behalf of Mr Lee told TRE in the letter that a netizen had left a defamatory remark about Mr Lee in the comments section for one of its articles late last month.

The comment was found on an article about allegations concerning Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong’s personal life which was published on 30 January.

TR Emeritus initially proclaimed it would defend itself:

“TRE Editors felt that acceding to all the demands of Mr Lee Hsien Yang will seriously make running TRE site difficult in future. Hence, we are seeking legal counsel this time.”

However, in a posting yesterday, TR Emeritus said it has removed the defamatory comment from the site:

“We acknowledge and regret that a defamatory comment about Mr Lee Hsien Yang was placed on our website by a netizen. We had and have no intention to defame Mr Lee. We have removed the said defamatory comment from our website.”

The final decision followed a meeting between Mr Lee’s lawyers from Stamford Law, and a TRE editor, Mr Richard Wan, represented by Senior Counsel Kannan Ramesh of Tan Kok Quan Partnership. It is not known if TR Emeritus revealed the identity of the commentator to Mr Lee’s lawyers.

While questions remained on who is footing its legal fees, the increased traffic to the site as a result of the free media publicity given to it is likely to earn sufficient advertising revenue for TR Emeritus to cover its ‘losses’.

The negative publicity surrounding the site is unlikely to deter Singaporeans from reading TR Emeritus. On the contrary, it will encourage those who are previously ignorant of its existence to visit it, thereby raising its readership and profile in the process. Publicity in any form is good publicity for a site lacking credibility and respectability.

Meanwhile, the beleaguered Singapore-based editor of TR Emeritus Richard Wan who had a busy week sorting out it legal wrangles, should be mentally prepared to receive more lawyer’s letters on behalf of its foreign owner and editors in the next few weeks to come.

Posted in News | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

M Ravi no longer acting for TR Emeritus to handle case against Lee Hsien Yang

Posted by temasektimes on February 23, 2012

In a sudden twist of events, Human Rights lawyer M Ravi now said he is no longer acting for controversial socio-political blog TR Emeritus.

TR Emeritus has earlier said it has appointed M Ravi to handle a fresh case involving Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s young brother Lee Hsien Yang whose lawyers sent a letter to its Singapore-based editor Richard Wan on Tuesday over a defamatory comment posted on the site.

A statement posted today on the site reads:

“TRE Editors felt that acceding to all the demands of Mr Lee Hsien Yang will seriously make running TRE site difficult in future. Hence, we are seeking legal counsel this time. TRE has appointed Human Rights lawyer M. Ravi to handle this particular case.”

According to Channel News Asia, Mr Ravi has confirmed that he is no longer acting for the site and neither does he know who is acting for TRE now and what course of action they plan to take.

TR Emeritus is still operating as usual and the defamatory comment on Mr Lee has remained on the site. TR Emeritus has until today to remove the comment failing which Mr Lee is likely to commence legal proceedings against it.

As the real owner of TR Emeritus is a foreigner living overseas, its Singapore editor Richard Wan will have no choice but to take the rap for it.

Posted in News | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

TR Emeritus fights back: M Ravi appointed to fight Lee Hsien Yang’s case

Posted by temasektimes on February 23, 2012

Embattled socio-political blog TR Emeritus will not accede to demands made by Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and has appointed prominent Human Rights lawyer M Ravi to fight the case.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the chairman of listed conglomerate Fraser and Neave (F&N), has sent a lawyer’s letter to  Mr Richard Wan, TRE’s official representative in Singapore on Tuesday, asking the site to remove an allegedly defamatory comment on its site about him.

Mr Tan Chuan Thye from Stamford Law, who is acting on behalf of Mr Lee told TRE in the letter that a netizen had left a defamatory remark about Mr Lee in the comments section for one of its articles late last month.

The comment was found on an article about allegations concerning Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong’s personal life which was published on 30 January and was still on the website as of midnight last night.

According to the Straits Times, today is the last day for TRE to comply with the lawyer’s demands.

In an article published today, TR Emeritus said it would not comply with Mr Lee’s demands which are more than just removing the offending comment:

“Generally speaking, when a complaint is received by TRE about a comment, TRE will normally comply and delete it. However, Mr Lee Hsien Yang is making more demands than the normal demand of simply removing the offending comment.”

It added that acceding to all the demands of Mr Lee will make running the site difficult:

“TRE Editors felt that acceding to all the demands of Mr Lee Hsien Yang will seriously make running TRE site difficult in future. Hence, we are seeking legal counsel this time. TRE has appointed Human Rights lawyer M. Ravi to handle this particular case.”

It is not known what Mr Lee’s demands are exactly. However, based on previous cases, TR Emeritus’ chance of defending itself is very low and it will probably be bankrupted and forced to close down by a defamation lawsuit.

Posted in News | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

TR Emeritus’ Richard Wan receives lawyer’s letter from Lee Hsien Yang

Posted by temasektimes on February 23, 2012

Less than one week after being served a lawyer’s letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Richard Wan, the hapless Singapore editor of socio-political blog ‘TR Emeritus’ (TRE) has been served another lawyer’s letter, this time from Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Lee had earlier sent a lawyer’s letter to Richard Wan on Sunday demanding a defamatory article published on the site be removed and a public apology published. Both demands have been complied.

The Straits Times reported today that Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the chairman of listed conglomerate Fraser and Neave (F&N), has sent a lawyer’s letter to  Mr Richard Wan, TRE’s official representative in Singapore on Tuesday, asking the site to remove an allegedly defamatory comment on its site about him.

Mr Tan Chuan Thye from Stamford Law, who is acting on behalf of Mr Lee told TRE in the letter that a netizen had left a defamatory remark about Mr Lee in the comments section for one of its articles late last month.

‘Mr Lee is determined to protect his reputation and would take all necessary and appropriate steps to do so,‘ Mr Tan told The Straits Times.

However, in the absence of financial penalties being imposed on ‘TR Emeritus’, the letters lack real bite and will only help to boost traffic to the site, thereby increasing its readership among Singaporeans.

According to web traffic site Alexa.com, the traffic of TR Emeritus has more than doubled in the last one week since it made headlines after news of being served a lawyer’s letter by PM Lee were splashed across the Singapore papers.

Meanwhile, as Richard Wan continues to be ‘entertained’ by weekly lawyer’s letters from prominent public figures in Singapore, the real owner of ‘TR Emeritus’ is laughing his way to the bank as rising advertising revenue and donations from sympathetic supporters fill his pockets.

Posted in News | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,097 other followers