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Why is PM Lee suing the news deliverymen rather than the original authors

In the case of Lee Hsien Loong suing Leong Sze Hian for sharing an article by a Malaysian website, Leong Sze Hian was not the author or writer, nor did he even contribute to the slightest content. All he merely did was to share an article which was published online.

Yet, he is being sued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien loong instead of the Malaysian website or the author, writer or editor of the article. Isn’t this like suing the newspaper deliveryman because you cannot get hold of the editor or publisher?

In the case of Terry Xu who is editor of The Online Citizen, it gets interesting. Although Terry was the publisher of the content on his platform, he was neither the originator of the alleged defamatory content of the article in question.

Also, mainstream media newspapers – which have far more reach than Terry Xu – are not similarly sued for publishing similar articles that are similar. PM Lee can say all that he wants, but the interesting question is on why he does not want to sue his siblings. Again, isn’t this like suing the newspaper deliveryman?

More questions are coming up with regards to PM Lee’s actions. Why did he choose to proceed with these lawsuits as he had done? What does he intend to achieve from his actions of initiating lawsuits against Leong Sze Hian & Terry Xu?

 

Prabu Ramachandran

 

 

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19 Responses to “Why is PM Lee suing the news deliverymen rather than the original authors”

  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Prabu,
    You said “All he merely did was to share an article which was published online.”
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    Yes, you can share an article. But it is your responsibility to check/verify that the content of the article are accurate before you blindly share it.

    Do you blindly upload/share your photo on the internet ?
    All right minded people will check/verify first before they put the photo on the internet.

    So, it is Leong’s fault for not checking/verifying the article before he share it.

    I fully support our great talented PAP PM Lee suing Leong.

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
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  • AreUmental:

    Are you saying his Head something wrong?
    But the law says your head something wrong if you go against his head.

    So whose head not mental?

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  • Not news delivery:

    A news delivery man goes away delivering news.

    Mr Leong isn’t a news delivery man. If he had emailed that news to other people, then he would count as a news delivery man.

    He was just someone who publicly acknowledged that he had read that news. So, nowadays, you can read news only privately and secretly.

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  • opposition dude:

    Goondu Loong has the mindset inherited from his dad, that which is whoever is seen as a potential threat MUST be quickly neutralised. We all remember how well Kayu used defamation suits against his opponents and it’s deju vu once again.

    So since he enjoys wasting his time doing this then let him do so. He already sued Roy Ngerng so he wants uncle Leong and Terry to have the same fate too. But no matter how you try and keep them down there will be others taking their place, it’s just a matter of time.

    The bigger issue for him is WP having more MPs in parliament. Instead of trying to win back his lost vote share he would rather spend his time suing people.

    Funny guy this bugger ha ha ha.

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  • xoxo:

    The FREQUENCY OF SUEING CITIZENS SHOWS THE PEE M IS MORE CONCERNED WITH HIS OWN INTWRESTS THAN THAT OF THE SG CITIZENRY,IS IT NOT?
    DESPITE LOCAL JOBLESSNESS AND THE PANDEMIC,THIS BLOKE SEEMS SO OBSSESSED WITH BASHING his citizens while looting $100 billion of sgs’ reserves to save job$ for FTs?

    Is he really fit for the job?

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  • Observer:

    It is guilty by association. He shared, or associated himself with an article purportedly had very low opinion of a person in power and the person took him to court to pay damages for having such a low opinion of him.

    It is like if you give very bad review or carry/share an unfavourable opinion of “durian puff” or for instance an ang moh revulsion for the the king of fruits, the king of fruits reserve the right to sue you.

    What you should be concern of is that no one,  not a single professional(employed) to  the lowly in society would speak up for the defendant publicly.

    All took the mark of the b***t or the wages of Sin.

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  • NoGroundtobelieve:

    The interesting part of this article is the author didn’t even give specifics of the origin of the accusation – No names or how credible the source is etc.

    Ordinarily, or the majority would ignore or wait for further development such as whether major world news would pick up on the story or find ground to support such a story.

    Or if Dr Mahathir had openly accused the PM then maybe there is substance to the story or would have garnered serious attention.

    Since that was not the case then the furore can only be ulteriorly motivated.

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  • bgkl:

    This is like George W. Bush targeting Iraq as retaliation for 9-11/terrorism instead of Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan–partly clueless of where the root cause is and partly ball-less.

    But W. at least did not hantam his own citizens or a nephew. Can we say that of our own pinky ass?

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    I read and HEARD the Lie Con You work for the Japanese…True or False???

    1) Hearing is a form of Hearsay not valid in Court

    2) Reading from the News and passing it on is Rumour Mongering???

    Reading from a Bio is a Fact and NOT Fake???

    1-2 is liable to be sued…but BIO??? ” He is my Bro, so CANNOT SUE ” a Fact by a Lie cannot be sued…

    BUT a Lie by others??? sue till their Pants Drop

    Welcome to the Lie Dynasty where Fake is CONsidered FACT!!!

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  • AristoCATs - Bully ?:

    On Mr. Pink –
    When he started he was eager to be liked,
    shy,
    like his mommy, they said.

    Over the years,
    somewhere, somehow,
    lots of buttons must have been pushed,
    he turned ruthless like his daddy.

    He should have picked his own size.

    More than 39% should know more about – The Power of the Ballot Box !

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on the TISG :Quote -”Lee Kuan Yew’s lawyer Kwa Kim Li to take the stand in PM Lee’s defamation suit against TOC’s Terry Xu

    Ms Kwa will testify at 2.45pm and be examined by Mr Xu’s lawyer, Lim Tean, and cross-examined by PM Lee’s personal lawyer, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh….

    Obbana Rajah…
    December 3, 2020….

    The lawyer who prepared six wills for the late Lee Kuan Yew is set to appear at the High Court on Thursday (Dec 3) to testify in a defamation suit against The Online Citizen (TOC) editor Terry Xu.
    In a closed-door hearing on Thursday (Dec 3) morning, Justice Audrey Lim, the judge presiding over the trial dismissed Ms Kwa’s application to set aside the subpoena on her to testify.
    Ms Kwa is set to take the stand at 2.45pm and be examined by Mr Xu’s lawyer, Lim Tean, and cross-examined by PM Lee’s personal lawyer, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh.
    Mr Xu first applied to subpoena Ms Kwa on Oct 7 this year, a Straits Times online article reported. This came after he managed to obtain copies of documents that emerged during a disciplinary tribunal’s investigations into misconduct by Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s wife, senior lawyer Lee Suet Fern….

    The documents included e-mails exchanged between Ms Kwa and the late Mr Lee in 2011 and 2012, which Mr Xu relied on on to show that the founding prime minister did believe his house had been gazetted and that Ms Kwa subsequently told him she could not find the gazette notice.
    Ms Kwa, the niece of the late Mr Lee’s wife Kwa Geok Choo, is represented by lawyers from Drew and Napier. She was the lawyer tasked with drafting Mr Lee’s will and had admitted to being part of drafting six of the seven wills from 2011 to 2012.
    “Kwa Kim Li (KKL) of Lee & Lee has denied involvement in the 2013 will. This is false”, said Dr Lee Wei Ling, daughter of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
    In a Facebook post on Wednesday (Aug 19), Dr Lee wrote that she had shared evidence to show Ms Kwa’s involvement in Mr Lee’s last will.
    In her post, Dr Lee shared an email exchange between Ms Kwa and her late father, dated December 12, 2013.
    In the email, Ms Kwa wrote: “Dear Uncle Harry, Under your present will dated 2 nov 2012, Ling has been given 1 share more than Loong and Yang, out of your total estate. This is because you reasoned that Ling does not have double income like her brothers”.
    She added, “We discussed last week that you would now like to sign a Codicil to change this, and to give Ling equal shares with Loong and Yang out of the total estate”.
    In 2017, Ms Kwa denied that she had a role in Mr Lee’s last will.
    The managing partner of the Lee & Lee law firm had prepared the previous six versions of the will of the late Mr Lee who died on March 23, 2015, at the age of 91.
    Ms Kwa told The Straits Times: “I did not prepare the last will”.
    Mr Lee Hsien Yang also said in a Facebook post that his wife’s firm, Stamford Law Corporation – now known as Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC – did not draft any of the late Mr Lee’s wills.
    “The will was drafted by Kwa Kim Li of Lee & Lee,” he said, referring to the sequence of events surrounding the final will.
    He added that the will’s seventh paragraph, in which the late Mr Lee stated that he wanted his house to be demolished after his death, “was drafted at LKY’s (Lee Kuan Yew’s) direction”.
    It was “put into language by Lee Suet Fern, his daughter-in-law, and when he was satisfied, he asked Kim Li to insert it into his will,” said Mr Lee Hsien Yang. -/TISG….”Unquote.

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  • I really wouldn’t worry for Terry in this trial because he has enough insurance coverage in the event he losses this case. Besides, the damages awarded would most surely be donated to a charity to build a gold-platted toilet bowl (think NKF) anyway.

    For OCA’s sake, I am tempted to think that maybe Terry should lose this trial so that the LEEder’s can cool down a bit. Or else should Terry wins, it may result in everything LEEgally throwable being thrown at OCA in the future. Remember that there are thousands of laws and regulations in the statue which even the Pope would be caught in one of them, should it be decided that he should be ‘taken good care of’.

    Additionally, what’s worrying should be his other criminal trial which may land him in jail. More important for him to win that case.

    What do you think?

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  • Asd:

    I think poor are easy target and money can do wonders

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  • Asd:

    I think the person who said saddam has mass weapon on tv should be sued including the fake news paper who parrot it

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  • MarBowling:

    Like his best friend Donald Lame Duck Trump, THINK the days of Mai Hum are numbered! Anyway, his gang of Hyenas lawyers especially the Indian Chief Singh must be preparing to laugh all the way to their banks!

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Prabu,
    You said “All he merely did was to share an article which was published online.”
    ==============================================================
    Yes, you can share an article. But it is your responsibility to check/verify that the content of the article are accurate before you blindly share it.

    Do you blindly upload/share your photo on the internet ?
    All right minded people will check/verify first before they put the photo on the internet.

    So, it is Leong’s fault for not checking/verifying the article before he share it.

    I fully support our great talented PAP PM Lee suing Leong.

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Lazy Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster

    By condemning Singaporeans as lazy you are spreading fake news. Your talented PM is a SIngaporean. So is the President and the majority of Cabinet ministers and MPs.

    By being divisive and sowing discord between the local and foreign communities the authorities must investigate you and charge you with trying to cause disharmony.

    If you’re a foreigner, your PR or citizenship should be revoked.

    The Law Minister is also a SIngaporean. Mr Minister, you’re being called lazy.

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  • Forced his hum on Terry:

    Guy says he don’t wanna hurt his pa and ma by suing his bro. and sis for saying nasty things about him. But do you think Terry also has ma and pa and bros and sis who are proud of Terry’s fine work at TOC, and I daresay so are many Singaporeans. We all are hurt by the juvenile bullying taking effect on Terry.

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  • Shut up stupid!:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Prabu,
    You said “All he merely did was to share an article which was published online.”
    ==============================================================
    Yes, you can share an article. But it is your responsibility to check/verify that the content of the article are accurate before you blindly share it.

    Do you blindly upload/share your photo on the internet ?
    All right minded people will check/verify first before they put the photo on the internet.

    So, it is Leong’s fault for not checking/verifying the article before he share it.

    I fully support our great talented PAP PM Lee suing Leong.

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Lazy Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    MarBowling:
    Like his best friend Donald Lame Duck Trump, THINK the days of Mai Hum are numbered! Anyway, his gang of Hyenas lawyers especially the Indian Chief Singh must be preparing to laugh all the way to their banks!

    He definitely is NO friend of Trump though he would like to be…Trump saw through him after his Invitation by Barry Soetowo to be Inducted into the Swamp Club of the Owl “The Bohemian Club” to replace the man who Con You’s membership…With Kissinger as his New Mentor

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