The Lee versus Leong lawsuit

The reason why I have said this defamation suit has done more damage on LHL than the defamatory article itself is that nobody would really believe whatever nonsense written by Alex Tan.

However, the decision of LHL suing LSH who merely share the article without making any defamatory comments instead of suing the original author Alex Tan or the Malaysian news site Coverage and its editor, will leave an extremely bad impression on many Singaporeans, especially the young ones.

Never mind what the law says about the technicalities of defamation. There will always be TWO Courts judging the whole case,. The High Court will rule according to the letters of the law but the Court of Public Opinion will judge with the wider social and political context.

As I have said, time has changed. Especially for the Young Singaporeans who are well verse in social media and the culture of sharing articles, anything and everything of interests on FB, Twitter, Instagram or whatever social media platforms. This has become the way of life and pop culture. Such political defamation lawsuit over a shared article will be ridiculed and frown upon. It will annoy whole lot of them.

LHL may think in his old fashion way that suing is the way to get vindicated but unfortunately, sorry my Prime Minister, you have just shot yourself in your own feet twice.

It has become the talking, or rather the laughing joke on the ground, especially so when Lim Tean made the brilliant move of not putting his client LSH on the witness stand, despite knowing that this may draw adverse inference upon his client by the judge.

I say it is brilliant because this will go down in history as a case where LHL has been crossed examined on why he sued LSH instead of the author Alex Tan or Coverage and its editors, and nothing else.

Davinder Singh, who is well known for his grilling cross examination, has been made TOTALLY redundant, unlike in the case of AHTC N PETC against WP leaders!

This will deprive the local MSM from having the opportunity of splashing the front pages with prominent negative headlines against LSH in the bid to support PM Lee!

This is why I say LT has basically turned this trial into a public trial on LHL’s decision in suing LSH instead of the ORIGINAL culprits!

The MSM has tried very hard to spin the event in favor of PM Lee but it seems that without the usual astounding performance of Davinder Singh on stage, it is extremely difficult to make LSH look bad as they wanted to.

On the ground, everyone is sniggling and laughing away on how Davinder Singh and LHL being “ambushed” by LT.
I feel very sorry for PM Lee to get himself into this mess due to ill advice based on outdated thinking.

This lawsuit has left an unnecessary dirt on his legacy and I hope it will be a good lesson for future leaders. Throw away the outdated sue sue culture. It will make you look more silly regardless of the outcome of the verdict.

 

Goh Meng Seng

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23 Responses to “The Lee versus Leong lawsuit”

  • What dirt?:

    “This lawsuit has left an unnecessary dirt on his legacy.”

    Can you see this dirt?

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  • Bao Chin Tean:

    LHL thot he has found a scapegoat in LSH by suing him for defamation instead of the ORIGINAL CULPRITS viz, Alex Tan & editor of Malaysian news site “The Coverage”.

    It’s LT’s brilliance as his Defence Counsel to turn this trial into a public trial on LHL’s moronic decision to sue LSH who declined to take the stand making LHL’s outstanding lawyer Davinder redundant. For the first time he was “Davin-dered” by LT!

    THE COPO WILL JUDGE THE CASE DIFFERENTLY GIVING THE “JUSTICE BAO” ACCOLADE TO LT & PRIME MORON(PM) TITLE TO LHL!

    Cheers!

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  • we see plenty of dirt:

    What dirt?:
    “This lawsuit has left an unnecessary dirt on his legacy.”

    Can you see this dirt?

    we see S$99m churi via wife in temasick.

    we see abuse of taxpayer S$billions for pap political advantage via pap PA.

    we see the slapping of pap dana which needed pap goh cock tong to publicly lie about it and needed pap liar lee kuan yew to pacific pap tony tan who resigned because of it.

    we see the abuse of the English language, INSIDE 200m is not within 200m, just to escape punishment for breaking the pap law during the cheng san GRC saga.

    we see the bullying of own flesh and blood over 38 oxy road as told by Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling.

    we see so many other things. their listing is thicker than the telephone book. we cease here because any of the above listed is more than enough to show how dirty the pap clown is.

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  • xoxo:

    Why bash an easy target?
    Go after the SOURCE OF ORIGIN.
    Leong merely posted what he read?

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  • Uselesstankl:

    https://www.sarawakreport.org/2020/10/singapore-sledgehammer/

    Read what ms Brown has to say about pap gov.

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  • HotSpot:

    The law is shaped by the chief scribe to serve the government or the….Head.

    If the Head loses, it loses credibility and also trust.

    If the chief scribe said the head has been defamed and damages done to his status/reputation, it better be true otherwise the head has trusted a….liar or bearer of falsehood.

    A very serious Sin in Sin.

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  • W Lee:

    What dirt?:
    “This lawsuit has left an unnecessary dirt on his legacy.”

    Can you see this dirt?

    Even if you remove that, the essential dirt remains.

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  • Scratchhead:

    @What dirt?:
    “This lawsuit has left an unnecessary dirt on his legacy.”
    Can you see this dirt?

    I can write so many countless dirt but TRE Technie sure to remove my comments..

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  • MarBowling:

    Think it’s Complacency on the part of TaiLok Singh, Chief Hyena of the Team defending Mai Hum. For donkey years, he has sabu-ed and FIGHT all the LEEgal cases for the Lee Kayu FamiLEE and NEVER lose a SINGLE CASE. Argue with one eye closed in the Hide Court and won ALL the cases. Bao Chiak one.

    Like the saying, once a while the Tiger also feels SLEEPY and CLOSES BOTH EYES. But this time due to COMPLACENCY, the MIND also CLOSED! Understand this case was supposed to go on trial much earlier but Singh took 3 days MC and so the case was postponed to NOW! Think Karma and Retribution have finally caught up with Mai Hum and Gang. 61.24% what do you think?

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    Meng Seng, well written comment and applaud you for that…even though I am not all for you in Politics…you should remain a political commentator and NOT a politician… MORE effective lah!!!…definitely better than Ah Tan leh!!!

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  • Better:

    Better too go after the originator of the article…more meaningful.

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  • John Richards:

    Well, if he really cares about his reputation shouldn’t he ask his wife to step down from Temasek?

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  • Great Asia:

    If you know a bit of Chinese history, then you can imagine that:

    Lee Kuan Yew = 刘备
    Lee Hsien Loong = 阿斗
    Tharman = 诸葛亮

    Then you can better what kind of situation Singapore is in right now. The COVID-19 crisis that we are currently facing is not a virus crisis but a leadership crisis.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Two Lampars on Shoulders:

    Singaporeans are really pathetic. A wimpy pm who dares not take issues with the malaysians instead bully his own citizens for good measure.

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  • what if...:

    if he loses the case, he’ll slap each to his 5 lawyers..
    ..for giving him incorrect advice to sue LSH.
    all stand in line before the emperor ..piak!piak!×5.
    i can just only imagine…

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  • Seriously?:

    Warnings have long been given that forwarding unsubstantiated whatsapp messages may be tantamount to making the same baseless allegations under the law. And here we have Leong, who is no spring chicken, cannot be bothered to verify, and coming up with his own interpretations and justifications.

    Leong brought this upon himself. Leong has long been making all sorts of allegations.

    It is true that many are not happy with the Govt. But other than a few hardcore nutter supporters, that does not mean many are going to blindly support critics like Leong who keep making wild statements and allegations.

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  • Stupid SINKIES reach:

    Warnings have long been given that forwarding unsubstantiated whatsapp messages may be tantamount to making the same baseless allegations under the law. And here we have Leong, who is no spring chicken, cannot be bothered to verify, and coming up with his own interpretations and justifications

    ±++++++++

    Really, the law now ????

    Are you sure ????

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  • Scam:

    We know how much negative things are said about Trump and Biden. They dont sue American citizens. Either they ignore or defend by making statements to correct the public.

    Only in SG, we have been seeing politicians suing others, till they drop their pants.

    Bad Karma will need to be answered.

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  • pap S$m judges:

    Scam:
    We know how much negative things are said about Trump and Biden. They dont sue American citizens. Either they ignore or defend by making statements to correct the public.

    Only in SG, we have been seeing politicians suing others, till they drop their pants.

    Bad Karma will need to be answered.

    USA judges dare to tell the truth against trump biden because these are humans with a backbone made of better flesh and blood.

    the pap island kind all no balls, fearing ampai knock their doors after midnight. worse, they fear losing their S$m retirement job in temasick gic pap PA. so all became so obviously ballless.

    in the end, it is 61% sheep that made the pap island so. these humans have a say. alas. they have chosen to leave their brains to pap S$m ownself pay ownself S$m liars. so pathetic.

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  • Lee Sue Yew:

    If i know i am retiring i would not want to leave such a legacy behind and taint my public image.

    I would be more magnanimus.

    Leave the world a better place than when we began to exist in this world.

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  • Democracy Unaffordable:

    Most singaporeans live in poverty.

    Wtf? You may say.

    Singaporeans mostly cannot AFFORD DEMOCRACY.

    Many cannot afford Lawyers too.

    Even more live in absolute poverty of Moral Courage.

    They see a case of social injustice and just watched the show without helping.

    Enemy country may use this weakness to conquer sg.

    Eg. They threaten to kill sg and offer you life if you surrender. What will sgreans decide?

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  • Proving old cliche correct:

    The persistent lean to inhumanity of SIN pstlbs n the spineless harem of bootlickers or (LHY/LWL)’s Compliant Bureaucray [better abbreviated CB which Singaporeans attached most appropriate words to it eg Cxxtb Bzzd n the worst there be depending how faithful deciples they r] validated the old Chinese cliche that in the ambience of lesser than pigs n dogs two legged as desvribed by trump’s favourite words beside white supremacy, justice lies not in the hands of those bureaucrats (sworn to uphold it like the blindfolded lady carrying the balance but greed has broken their spines n knees that they cannot stand uoright but eternally stoop to brownnose) but in the heart of the human populace. A message constantly broadcast by the legenndary jikong.

    Singaporeans should learn from what is now going on in US which mow open up its dark hole hopefully will wake up those who trust in it to lead the world in himan rights n political righteousness when it is now come to light that they have never leave white supremacy n rampant slaughtering of the blacks. The Americans has historically proved they r fast to exterminate their sane leaders but legalizing n protecting their president which claim himself as God but spelling backwards like SIN pstlbs.

    Singaporeans should pray to their savour whoever he is that SIN pstlbs are not moronly greedy to admit any Americans into the island after its medias have teported that the infectious WH n its leader herd immune policy on their combat to Covid 19 pandemic. If PAP allows any American into the island, it should courageously declare that they r following trumpic style, the moron peeing n pooing has wasted $28 millions of our hardearned $ on the sxxxhole.

    Singaporeans have to look after themselves n not be destroyed by the extreme greed n corruptive minds of SIN pstlbs. Abuse of power n using unconstitutional pofma (justice should not mute on this if they do not sibscribe to LHLLWL CB! Singapore belongs to her people not a bunch of peeing n pooing pstlbs n their spineless immoral greedy accomplists LHYLWL CBs.

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  • Att. Compliant Bureaucrazies:

    Career bureaucrats succumbing to be compliant to the power esp totalitarianicc, nepotic, aristocratic regime under the guise of democraz as unashamedly responded by ‘the ill informed foreign claim of modern great architect of democracy’ nepotic chieftain re what kind of democracy he was using, apparently they found that the modifications to SIN Constitution were pertaining towards totalitarianism esp ownself check ownself claim making the chieftain faded in his claimed democratic political platform, that his party just modify the constitution only! Howver the nepotic agenda with his successful succumbation of GCT to bootlick n brownose to his satisfaction was sufficient evident of his nepotic persuit n mocking all democratic tenets shamelessly inscribed on the pledge n anthem. The defect of a bootlicking bureaucrazy is well decribed by Rudy Giuliani, the daughter of the accomplish or rather the bootlicker of Trump is sometthing that SIN caeer bueaucrazs to ponder

    https://youtu.be/AmxU3VNWOPM

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