Leong Sze Hian counter-sues PM Lee for supposed abuse of court process

Leong Sze Hian

Veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian, who is currently being sued by PM Lee Hsien Loong for alleged defamation has initiated a counter suit against PM Lee for supposed abuse of court process.

Leong, who is a financial consultant by profession, had originally wanted to represent himself in the defamation suit against him, but he has since changed his mind and engaged the services of Lawyer Lim Tean from Carson Laws Chambers.

Lim Tean, who is representing Leong in both suits, announced on Facebook on Wednesday (26th Dec) that he has accepted the cases from Leong and said that he is looking forward to cross-examining PM Lee in court.

Lim wrote, “Mr Leong did not choose to pick a fight, but now offers battle to uphold the freedom of expression in Singapore, a fundamental human right which he has fought tirelessly for more than 2 decades.”

Full statement from the law firm appended below:

Leong Sze Hian, respected human rights activist and campaigner, has today lodged his Defence and Counterclaim to the libel action brought by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The action by the Prime Minister has been brought against our client for sharing on his Facebook page, without embellishment or comment, a post linking to an article on The Coverage website for a period of 3 days. No claim has been brought against The Coverage, The States Times Review (which first published the same article), Facebook or any other individual Singaporean resident who took the same action as our client.
In his Defence and Counterclaim, Leong Sze Hian pleads that he only had the post up for 3 days and removed it immediately upon receipt of an order from the IMDA. He challenges the Prime Minister’s case on meaning, on the extent of publication and re-publication and on malice.
He does not assert that what the article said or is alleged to have said was true.

He does plead that the claim is an abuse of the process of the court and relies upon the same argument for his counterclaim based upon the tort of abuse of civil process. Relying upon the English Court of Appeal decision in Jameel v Dow Jones [2005] QB 946, this is because, he will argue, the claim against him in respect of the publication on his Facebook page for 3 days, is not a real and substantial tort. The claim, he will say, is unnecessary to vindicate the Prime Minister’s reputation in circumstances where the Prime Minister’s Statement of Claim accepts that the people of Singapore generally, which must be taken to include readers of our client’s Facebook page, knew that he and the Government were asserting that the article was false in the entire 3-day period it was on our client’s Facebook page.

Since that is so, no damage could have been caused in the eyes of any of the very few people who read the post on our client’s Facebook page and none is identified. This libel claim, therefore, cannot be said to be necessary. Our client invites the court to find that the initiating and pursuit of an unnecessary claim for libel must, therefore, be in order to try to obtain an impermissible collateral advantage, and believes its purpose is to chill freedom of expression ahead of both the trial of Najib Razak and a likely General Election in Singapore next year.

Leong had, on 8th November, shared an article originally published by now-defunct States Times Review (STR) which alleged, inter alia, that former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak had signed “secret deals” with PM Lee to launder money through Singaporean banks.

The article “Lee Hsien Loong becomes 1MDB’s key investigation target” aka “Breaking News: Singapore Lee Hsien Loong becomes 1MDB’s key investigation target” was subsequently removed on 10th November after a warning letter was served on Leong by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) earlier in the same day – to take down the Facebook share within 6 hours, saying that the content is against the Internet Code of Conduct.

Two days later on 12th November, Leong was served with a Letter of Demand by Senior Counsel Davinder Singh of Drew & Napier, who is representing PM Lee.

According to SC Davinder, Leong had clearly published the post maliciously to damage PM Lee’s reputation, and had “disparage and impugn his character, credit and integrity.”

PM Lee is reportedly demanding that Leong issues a public apology and make monetary compensation.

Meanwhile, TRE understand that a Legal Defence Fund has been setup for Leong and readers who would like to donate to the fund may do so by a bank transfer or deposit to the following accounts:

Leong Sze Hian
POSB Savings 064064070
Paynow S0009739Z
Paypal [email protected]

Commenting on his counter suit, Leong said:

Singaporeans must let our overpaid Ministers know once and for all, that it does not pay to sue ordinary citizens for defamation.

Singaporeans and their children, and their children’s children will never have to fear being sued, for exercising their rights of freedom of expression.

 

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26 Responses to “Leong Sze Hian counter-sues PM Lee for supposed abuse of court process”

  • MarBowling:

    Great show coming live to all True Blue Singaporean soon. Eager to watch how Mai Hum being grilled by Mr Lim Tean aka Poa Lim Tean (btw he looks like the righthous ancient Justice Poa Chin Tean)during the cross-examination. Better get a front seat at the gallery to watch Mai Hum shit in his pants!

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  • Shame The Bully:

    The latest lawsuit is another glaring attempt at bullying by a failed leader to abuse the legal process. Let’s hope all right thinking people stand in solitary with LSH by supporting his efforts to defend, expose and shame the bully once and for all.

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  • GE Delayed:

    As I predicted correctly, he cannot claim virgin forever when he was raped twice or more before and instead of taking action on the raper, sue the passer by.

    But here, Lim Tean, is it he from the People’s Voice Party. Wow, Potential PM quality. With him, no need to be afraid of the darkness.

    Looks like the GE will be delayed very much end of time as

    PAYPAY NOTHING GOOD to show, BUT ARE ALL THE BAD NEWS.

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  • The chances of Mr Leong’s suit against PM Lee to succeed we all know is as good as zero.

    But IMHO, the prospect of PM Lee being on the stand being cross-examined and his top guns busy shouting “objection! irrelevant!” is something which those living in ivory towers would want to avoid.

    Regardless of the outcome of the cases (in High Court), there can only be one loser in the court of public opinion and that loser’s surname is certainly not going to be Leong.

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  • Calling His Bluff:

    This time round the fake leader has pushed his luck too far. The dynamic has changed and people are waking up to the charade. His lawsuit will backfire and he will go into the sunset with tail between his legs.

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  • Loong's next target:

    The next ‘victim’ after Mr Leong could very well be Mr Lim Tean.
    Best of luck.

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  • Bapak:

    Pinky is having sleepless nights getting all his downlines to prepare textbook answers for him. This guy is so smart without prepared text he fouls up good time.

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  • Yang Master Lee:

    BigBroSissy must now be kicking himself hard in the puny pinkcolored balls of his for not having heeded the words then of the Great HoLee Chinggis Khan and gone on to sue Yang’er Brother. Now cumback to haunt him – payback time!

    Let the party & fun begin!
    “Allah-lah-lah-lah loong, allah-lah-lah-lah lee loong loong way… “

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  • MarBowling:

    In ancient Chinese history, the dying Old Emperor would ask his little Clown Prince to come very near to squat at his deathbed when he would hand a ‘Cum-LOONG’ aka Secret Recipe to the future Emperor. The Cum-LOONG is supposed to be opened ONLY as a last resort in a mother of all crisis when everything fails! Guess what is inside the damn Cum-LOONG? A replica of a MIDDLE FINGER! LOL!

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  • Hope Mr Lee HY joins PH:

    we see with our eyes quite a few pap po lam pars in our estate.

    whatever evil lky son does is no wrong.

    whatever truth anyone says about lky son is wrong.

    how we wish these pap po lam pars can see what the evil lky is going through now in the other world for all the evil he did when he had power.

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  • 亚季爸爸:

    I pray and pray to Mighty God, please help the innocent and punish the devilish bully. I know, the bully will have all his gangs behind him, to defend and to further FIX oppositions.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Wah!!! Answer “Yes or No”.

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  • Is TRE afraid of putting up:

    Is TRE afraid of putting up this post

    Leong Sze Hian and Lim Tean should let the people in Court understand that it is very hard to get an honest answer from PM Lee HSIEN Loong.

    All they have to do is ask:

    PM Lee, how much is the salary of your wife, Madam Ho Ching, in her role as Temasek’s CEO?

    (Answer only requires a few seconds and won’t prolong court procedures)

    Every citizen needs to know the answer to this very simple question.

    I’m very sure our RHODES SCHOLAR PM Lee should be able to answer this Kindergartner-level question.

    Mod: And the top guns will cry relevance?

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  • rukidding:

    Ha,ha, ha,….great to see Mai Hum stand before the court to give his defence and “grilled” by Tean.

    What a show,…we may even get to see all the “black dogs” banding together to work for Mai Hum…”dogs” like that Babo Davinci Singh, and that “sha Mu Kan” !

    Lets see how “Good” they really are when “taken to task” !!

    What “magic tricks” will they be using ???…Indian become a Malay again ??

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  • Leong has more meat neh:

    According to the insert in the above posting the same article has been up in cyberspace for nearly a third of amonth without any demand exerted or rebutter. Accoding to a common ‘decree’ pronouced by late SIN PM Lee , SIN Brit cyclic resident immediate past SIN PM Goh n PM Lee in a ST Report during the defamation legal suits taken against Singapore citizens frequency at its highest that should a Biw be accused of any illegal impropriety in office, it should launch a defamation suit in SIN Court of Law n failing to do so implies that the accusation is true n it should resign (it=he/she). It seemed that SIN political quib ‘sue until pants drops’ was coined by a political oppostion from the ludicrous amt of monetary fines n legal cost involved. Kenneth of RP would have indelible memory how his father has lost his Queen Astrid Park bungalow n much more for standing firm of his political belief n philosophy which he gain coderably respect from the citizenry even more so that the self glorifying arrogant nepotic leader which like all tyrant building its power base on fart , indoctrination n fear tactics. This was well wrapped up by the unabashed super arrogant political threat to the citizenry that anyone not with it or its policy is its enemy n would be eradicated relentlessly.
    Leong, though a much belated netizen to quote the article, must be a an evidly monitored enemy of the its swarm of fart worms that he immediately noticed with glee the good fortune of chalking up fart credits for fast n rich . Tough luck but sibling is a great morale boost.
    Counter sue! Great be doubly sure Singaporeans r following on close watch n particularly so as GE seems to be round the corner, a usual pre GE sensory ing of the ground. PAP is taking a big gamble with spending state funds on red coming with payback post GE n derogatories, threats n now legal entanglement with citizens. Confident, brave or stupid?

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  • LIONS:

    Respect to Leong n Lim Tean.
    You are REAL LIONS among the FAKE LIONS in the govt n the agencies.
    Wonder where is LAW SOC ppl?

    Win or Lose doesnt matter.
    What is important is to UPHOLD THE LAW OF THIS COUNTRY AND,IN THE PROCESS,UPHOLD TRUTH N JUSTICE.

    MAY THE GOOD FORCE BE WITH YOU.

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  • LIONS:

    Davinder sounds more DARTH-VADER.
    He works for Dark Force$$$.
    Let the LIGHT PREVAIL OVER THE LAND OF THE LIONS.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    TRE Tech:
    The chances of Mr Leong’s suit against PM Lee to succeed we all know is as good as zero.

    But IMHO, the prospect of PM Lee being on the stand being cross-examined and his top guns busy shouting “objection! irrelevant!” is something which those living in ivory towers would want to avoid.

    Regardless of the outcome of the cases (in High Court), there can only be one loser in the court of public opinion and that loser’s surname is certainly not going to be Leong.

    Will the LEEgal sparrows sent a running puppy from the Law Society around with papers saying Lim Tien is not qualified as he has an outstanding Bankruptcy proceeding against him like what the Dogs did to Ravi???

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  • Abuse of Judicial Process:

    This unjustifiable suit by the PM on an ordinary citizen simply repeating someone’s opinion, is going to cost the PAP numerous votes in the coming General’s Erection.

    In my humble opinion, this is an abuse of the legal process to silence the general public, especially those making use of the Facebook to express their opinions. It is basically a “kill the monkey to frighten the chickens” tactic, employed all over again.

    The glaring mistake (loophole) here is:

    “Why never sue the main source and others? Why only Leong Sze Hian?”

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  • 亜李爸爸:

    Singapore do not belong to PAP, and similarly, do not belong to Lee Hsien Loong. This country belongs to Singaporeans. We must stand up to this dictator, and we must resist the dictatorship rule.

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  • a PG:

    I like what “Ah Li papa” says that Singapore does not belong to that one person, i.e. the d**honourable son. It belongs to ALL Singaporeans. If our citizens are bullied or hurt, we must do our parts. If our ppl wont do it, no one will come forward.

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  • ozhomes:

    Contribution big or small doesn’t matter. If the 30% or more do their part, every drop makes an ocean. To the fence sitters, do yourself a favour, throw your weight behind this, it is a window of opportunity cause you never know. Our time has arrives…..

    Pinky has gone too far, he played the wrong cards thinking he wouldn’t need to stand trial just like Roy’s case…..haha…This time he couldn’t escape standing trial, let’s see how Lim Tean grilled him..

    I’ve done my part contributing…come guys…Let’s Do It…

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  • Smlj bohbian:

    Loong's next target:
    The next ‘victim’ after Mr Leong could very well be Mr Lim Tean.
    Best of luck.

    This thinking is why Singaporeans all gave up. Simi lanjiao they also say boh bian and vote a certain way.

    It’s a psychological control. Many IB helping to spread fear. psychological warfare.

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  • Pinky Playing Poker ?:

    Just like his Subordinates trying to play Poker with the 93 year Dr M and lost, Pinky is now trying to play Poker with another citizen. But then this citizen is willing to see his card. Pinky is caught with his pants down. Has no choice now but to bribe the banker.

    Wrong move Pinky. Soon all your hair will drop and u will become botak. U really deserve it.

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  • Keep that sweet smell please:

    We are already leaving in anxiety coping with the rising cost of living.
    Now we have to be careful of what we say or write or we risk being sued.
    We have to be extra careful.
    What a life!
    The ordinary people on the ground are not that smart or “legalese” knowledgeable or conscious or alert.
    During morning coffee breakfast talk in the heartlands it is not uncommon to hear people making sweeping loud statements on political subjects giving their 2 cents worth.
    Noticeably less and less now.
    People say this and that and “that is possible you know” “how do you think he become so rich” “here we have so many smart people yet the money came through here” “aiyah no need to talk lah you know I know” “I think that idiot knows all about it, cover up lah” “aiyah they doing all this for their own pockets” “you think they not involved eh” and so on and on and on and on.
    My old retired 80 years plus nurse neighbor, as a matter of habit, always puts her finger on her lips whenever talking innocent politics to me even when there is not a single soul around.
    Such ingrained fear.
    Street corner talks could be easily recorded and captured on many of the devices available today.
    And paid informers do that, going around with their electronic devices. (Do I stand corrected?).
    Ground people are talking this assumption.
    Unbelievable but true!
    To set an example, just record one loud commentator and set him up as an example and effectively “kill the chicken to scare the monkeys”.
    Why not. This will be effective.
    Everybody will be more “1984” quiet and muted and zombie-like after that.
    What kind of existence will we be living then.
    Then we will more cautious not to banter, to talk easy and foolishly in jest, we will become dead serious people.
    And become more anxious and nervous and neurotic than we already are with the anxiety coping with the creeping costs of living etc etc..
    Why subject your citizens to this situation?
    What are you afraid of actually?
    If you are smelling roses, why are you so paranoid,
    If you are not wrong, you are not wrong.
    Just issue a statement to say those comments are not true and mischievous.
    Issue a long detailed explanatory statement if need be.
    That’s it, you will still stand tall and still smell of sweet roses.
    But now people are just feeling disgusted and tired.
    People will continue to talk, you cannot stop that.
    But truth will always remain truth.
    Stop indulging in old fashion political moves.
    These legal actions are making people feels so sick, tired and disgusted.
    You are not absolutely unquestionably perfect.
    But you could still be the best for the job.
    People are not stupid.
    Allow them to use their brains.
    So for heaven’s sake stop such actions and be more confident of your integrity and reputation.

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  • Bystander:

    Win of course zero chance, but good to see PM being stressed, there is a price to pay for being a Tu ba wang.
    We prefer LKY. and TCB, who love us more, the son only loves himself.

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