FLD: Leong Sze Hian faces defamation case

Blogger and human rights defender Leong Sze Hian is facing defamation proceedings brought against him by the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong. The court action was brought on the basis that Leong Sze Hian posted on a Facebook an article published by a Malaysian media outlet.

Leong Sze Hian is a prominent blogger and human rights defender who works on social and economic rights and has called for more equitable government policies in Singapore.

On 7 November 2018, Leong Sze Hian shared a link to an article on his Facebook page, without comment or amendment, that had been published by The Coverage, a Malaysian-based online news outlet. The article was entitled “Breaking News: Singapore Lee Hsien Loong Becomes 1MDB’s Key Investigation Target – Najib Signed Several Unfair Agreements With Hsien Loong in Exchange For Money Laundering”. The article linked Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the Malaysian strategic development company, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which has been involved in a corruption scandal, which has seen billions of Malaysian ringgit embezzled from the country and has also implicated former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

On 10 November 2018 at around 7.30am, the human rights defender removed his post upon reading a notice from the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) demanding that the post be taken down within six hours. The notice had been sent to the human rights defender at around 11pm the previous day but he did not read it until the next morning.

Despite complying with the request, on 12 November 2018, the human rights defender received a letter by a lawyer representing the Prime Minister alleging that the Facebook post had been published with malicious intent and that both the post and the article “contains allegations that are highly defamatory to [their] client.”On 4 December 2018, Leong Sze Hian received notification that the Prime Minister had started defamation proceedings against him.

Leong Sze Hian lodged a counterclaim on 26 December arguing that the libel action brought against him by the Prime Minister was an “abuse of process”. While not included in Leong Sze Hian’s counterclaim, it must also be noted that the threshold of defamation is much higher for public figures, including government officials given the heightened public scrutiny they are ususally subject to.

On 10 January 2019, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s lawyers filed an application to strike out Leong Sze Hien’s counterclaim on the grounds that it had no legal basis.

Front Line Defenders believes that the disproportionate legal action being taken against Leong Sze Hian for his Facebook post is a targetted attempt by the authorities to silence the human rights defender.

Front Line Defenders strongly condemns the proceedings brought against Leong Sze Hian which is one of many cases being brought against human rights defenders, including Jolovan Wham, in the country. Front Line Defenders recognises that these cases are part of an ongoing effort to clamp down on freedom of expression in Singapore.

 

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*Front Line Defenders is an Irish-based human rights organisation founded in Dublin in 2001 to protect human rights defenders at risk (i.e. those who work non-violently to uphold the human rights of others as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

 

 

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30 Responses to “FLD: Leong Sze Hian faces defamation case”

  • The Other Hard Truths:

    People who are 心肠狭窄 like LHL are totally unfit to be called a leader. Defamation ? What defamation ? What good reputation has he to defend ? Even his own sister calls him The Dishonorable Son.

    笑死人 ! 自我为是, 自我为大 ! Actions of an extremely insecure person afflicted with incurable Inferiority Complex. Whither Singapore ?

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  • Bapak:

    We have to go international. Just like MY is going international to tell the whole wide world PAP has its own dictionary.

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  • LIONS:

    In $in City,PUBLIC SERVANTS are above the VOTERS N IF A CITIZEN CONSTRUCYIVELY CRITICISE THEM,the citizen will sureLEE be $ued till his pants or skirt drop?

    Ask ALL THE CIVIC-MINDED SINGAPOREANS who stood valiantly for fellow citizens’ HUMAN RIGHTS;they know better than any loud-talking
    PAP MP who are only good at passing STUPID REMARKS N VOTING BRAINLESSLY FOR LAWS to be passed ever so conveniently to suit the ruling party gahmen’$ needs more so than for the COMMON GOOD OF ALL CITIZENS?

    We applaud FLD N WE SALUTE LZH.
    STAND UP SG!

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  • N.Jungne:

    He will soon be voted out, before he becomes an octopus.

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  • who paying the judge's salary?:

    Thank You FLD.
    Stay strong Mr LSH.
    we will pray for you.
    as ordinary citizens w/o power or money, thats the least we can do.
    the judges are as hopeless as the ‘dishonorable one’.

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  • just vto..no regrets:

    my sister keeps saying she feels like giving him a tight slap..she cant stand his face on tv news or newspapers..bcuz of wat he’S doing to SG and Sgs.
    i told her ” to take a number and join the queue!”

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  • rukidding:

    Normally,…its those people who are “Guilty Conscious” that “tends” to “over react”and “overly disturbed”.

    I guess he cannot sleep properly after being linked to 1MB ????

    However,…one canno, “Not wonder”… how he could managed to “closed” the railway deal so “fast and smoothly” too ????

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  • rukidding:

    Unity is Strength !

    Time to “slain” the “dragon” !

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  • Ugly Hyena:

    It is fair as a concerned Singaporean to remind Singapore Official bearers to defend his own reputation from Foreign article by “sharing” the article since doing nothing from them is admission of guilt and taints/insults the reputation of Singaporeans at large. If there is anything to blame, then blame himself for behaving in such a way that others see him as the culprit.

    As a Singaporean, it is natural to want the officer to be seen to be clean. Logically, human will share the article and discuss about it, as it affect them [example retirement saving CPF is kept by them]

    I find it silly for the Singapore Officer to sue its own citizens instead of taking action to defend himself from the foreign offender. It is outrageous and an insult to the civic total defense system in Singapore.

    Hainanese call this “Kitchen Tiger”..[only eat own people].
    I call this “kitchen hyena”… [ugly looking, survive in group, eat own people, by itself in the open, will be eaten up].

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  • Spurm John:

    External Forces can do what the domestic forces has never been able to do since 53 years ago.

    So many tight slaps given by external forces.

    STR is one such example.
    China and Malaysia are considered external forces too.

    Within authoritarian rule, the domestic forces are fully domesticated .

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  • Spurm John:

    Don’t expect WP to help him.
    It’s a wayang putty.

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  • can we report CI to police?:

    The Other Hard Truths:
    People who are 心肠狭窄 like LHL are totally unfit to be called a leader. Defamation ? What defamation ? What good reputation has he to defend ? Even his own sister calls him The Dishonorable Son.

    笑死人 ! 自我为是, 自我为大 ! Actions of an extremely insecure person afflicted with incurable Inferiority Complex. Whither Singapore ?

    Thank you, bro. Very well said. Agree 100%. Truly laugh die people.

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  • can we report CI to police?:

    Bapak:
    We have to go international. Just like MY is going international to tell the whole wide world PAP has its own dictionary.

    The clown pap has many dictionaries.

    The one against Msia at the moment is the lie, agreement review on 25th year and nothing else. of course Msia is not 70% sheep and will take action against the clown pap lie. clap clap clap. finally clown pap is caught with telling lies.

    The other against 70% sheep always has been the one clown pap LAW two clown pap INTERPRETATIONs. when own clown pap clan members gct tony jiak liao bee tan clown lee were caught, law interpreted inside 200m is not within 200m.

    The other more devious dictionaries include clown pap definitions about GST on 70% sheep, the more GST 70% sheep pays the more 70% sheep is helped.

    of course, other than Msia, and those outside Spore, the clown pap dictionaries work very well inside Spore with 70% sheep consent. WTF.

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  • Gummy bear:

    How many decades was the longest detained Singaporean political competitor to the regime locked up for?
    How did that affected his family and his life ?
    Does karma really exist?

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  • outspoken critic of PAP:

    When you are an outspoken critic of the PAP, they will use the Civil Service machinery they have in their control to destroy you. Leong Sze Hian, Jolovan Wham, Roy Ngerng, Terry Xu, Daniel Augustin De Costa (Willy Sum), Teo Soh Lung, etc.

    Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan, Tang Liang Hong, etc.

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  • last chance:

    he’s indulging in his fav past time -fixing opposition or any naysayers.
    except that the naysayers always lose!
    so expected this outcome..always has been.
    a very childish & insecure pm.

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  • HarderTruths:

    The evil despotic regime continues its victimisation and oppression of people that would speak the truth and stand up for the $G common man.

    The despots continue to think $G citizens like Mr Hian will be so scared he will grovel. The will soon learn their cowardly tactics do not work on people who have balls.

    GO MR HIAN – WE ARE BEHIND YOU – AND SCREW THE 70% COWARDS AS WELL!!!

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  • True facts:

    That’s why he scared of mathathir the old fox who can easily eat him up.

    Mathathir can easily put him in his pocket

    Only can eat own people.

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  • big bullies will fall hard:

    a bloody big bully, thats all he is.
    his parents must have spoilt him as a child.
    he uses his position and his inherited fortune to buy status in this world and make citizens afraid of him.
    not through grit hardwork!
    even his job , his papa gave him!

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  • to hardwire this expectation:

    //he’s indulging in his fav past time -fixing opposition or any naysayers.
    except that the naysayers always lose!//

    the white idiots and gang want daft sinkies to hardwire this expectation into latter’s head and just resign to it (so don’t waste your and their time as they have all the resources to prolong the game) – in short, they (the white idiots) are saying that they can chao kar if they like it (so what can you do ?) but not daft sinkies ?????

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  • Beware this "HarderTruths":

    this person 100% not local! 100% not Singaporean!

    Definitely fifth column!!

    HarderTruths:
    The evil despotic regime continues its victimisation and oppression of people that would speak the truth and stand up for the $G common man.

    The despots continue to think $G citizens like Mr Hian will be so scared he will grovel. The will soon learn their cowardly tactics do not work on people who have balls.

    GO MR HIAN – WE ARE BEHIND YOU – AND SCREW THE 70% COWARDS AS WELL!!!

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  • Montong:

    outspoken critic of PAP:
    When you are an outspoken critic of the PAP, they will use the Civil Service machinery they have in their control to destroy you. Leong Sze Hian, Jolovan Wham, Roy Ngerng, Terry Xu, Daniel Augustin De Costa (Willy Sum), Teo Soh Lung, etc.

    Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan, Tang Liang Hong, etc.

    And this problem will remain until the people decide to find their balls and say No to them.
    No ruler will automatically give in to the people.
    This is one of the fundamental purposes for democracy aka people power.

    Rulers are given total power. They will use it to defend their reign.
    But the People are not given official power.
    This is why the People have to Force changes to the regime.
    Don’t ever expect the regime to kowtow to you voluntarily.

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  • Bad Boy:

    心胸狹窄 ?

    Everbody also 心胸狹窄 , as long as u hit the right buttons or wrong buttons ( and sometimes the smallest issues ) the nicest person the closest relatives, the best of friends will all face off.

    Small examples from whampoa CC, public newspapers for all to read, some elderly hog all the newspapers to himself. Later dispute with other readers as they request from him to read, tear all the newdpapers away so that all cannot read.

    Small examples from PRC, child obsess with playing mobile games. The parent confiscate the phone, lost control and chop off parent head off.

    Small examples from PRC, just because some fashion brand showcase chinese model with freckles , suddenly 辱華.

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  • a PG:

    I think in the next GE, the 30% true blue S’poreans must work harder to win over 70% ppl who are not on our side. I think if we can win over another 30% of the 70% is already good, as 40% I believe are hardcore chaps who are die-die on the “pay and pay” side. No more complaint after the GE again. I hope our oppo parties take note.

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  • can we report CI to police?:

    Bad Boy:
    心胸狹窄 ?

    Everbody also 心胸狹窄 , as long as u hit the right buttons or wrong buttons ( and sometimes the smallest issues ) the nicest person the closest relatives, the best of friends will all face off.

    Small examples from whampoa CC, public newspapers for all to read, some elderly hog all the newspapers to himself. Later dispute with other readers as they request from him to read, tear all the newdpapers away so that all cannot read.

    Small examples from PRC, child obsess with playing mobile games. The parent confiscate the phone, lost control and chop off parent head off.

    Small examples from PRC, just because some fashion brand showcase chinese model with freckles , suddenly 辱華.

    bro, China is a big country with many people. so there are all kinds.

    even in small Spore, there are already so many kinds.

    so to sweep one race, such a big one, with such a broad stroke shows narrowness.

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  • Sure or not:

    Abuse of process……sure or not?

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  • Bad Boy:

    I did say everybody okay.

    Recent case the malaysia employee young man slaughter his china boss over job termination.

    Of course whats the root cause ? Psychological issue ? Family issue ? Debt issue ? Perhaps boss treat him fairly ( underpay ) Until further investigation.

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  • Actions Louder Than Words:

    rukidding:
    Normally,…its those people who are “Guilty Conscious” that “tends” to “over react”and “overly disturbed”.

    I guess he cannot sleep properly after being linked to 1MB ????

    However,…one canno, “Not wonder”… how he could managed to “closed” the railway deal so “fast and smoothly” too ????

    Greedy evil people know no guilt. They will continue to silence all critics and perpetuate their power, pilfer tax money openly. They have little conscience and will sleep well, locking up even their relatives.
    Rather than guessing, kick them out, put them on trial to take back the stolen cpf and HDB.

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  • Let Them Feel The Pain:

    a PG:
    I think in the next GE, the 30% true blue S’poreans must work harder to win over 70% ppl who are not on our side. I think if we can win over another 30% of the 70% is already good, as 40% I believe are hardcore chaps who are die-die on the “pay and pay” side. No more complaint after the GE again. I hope our oppo parties take note.

    Why work harder when natural pain will do the job?
    More pain is good for naive dafts, that’s where they become wiser.
    Dafts can philosophise all they want, can drum up their positivity all they want and ignore the issues, nick picking here and there on oppositions and criticisms, but nothing will be as effective as real pain.

    Dafts need to learn to stand up for themselves rather than hiding behind as a fence sitter. The more pain the pain, the faster the change, the better the outcome.

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  • hih:

    Ah Long, his wife and his whole gang will go down X level of hell after they depart.

    This sort of bullying using his power will reap powerful karma.

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