Constructive Politics Aside, the PAP can be a Bully
Anybody following the Roy Ngerng saga would realise that it is classically Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Roy and the PM are hurting each other over nothing.
Roy Ngerng was a nobody with bad arguments on CPF until he was threatened, and is still threatened, with a lawsuit. After the PAP legal gorilla team came into the room thumping their chests, scaring the activist pretending to be a CPF expert, Roy became the rallying flag for all against the PAP. The lawyer who stood by and behind Roy is M Ravi, a known lost cause lawyer whose expertise is in civil rights and provoking the government to be hardline against his clients. It is a matter of time before the anti-377A throw in their lot behind Roy as they are pretty tight in promoting civil rights and standing with one of their own. It is also a matter of time before SDP gets into the picture too as this type of lost cause is just up their street.
Roy was told to remove a posting that insinuated the PM is corrupt. He dutifully removed it and apologised. He pleaded for leniency and asked for waiver of damages, a sensible thing to do as he made his point. After that, he made a video challenging the PM again. The PM’s lawyer took the bait and ask him remove the video and other posts. Roy, new to the game but advised by good company like his experienced lawyer, removed the video and other posts but alerted the international media about it. The PM’s lawyer got wind of the shenanigan with the media and made demands of Roy again.
From this saga, the PM and his PAP ironically want to defend their reputation but managed to tarnish their reputation even more instead. Defamation lawsuits by the PAP is not new, SDP’s Chee Soon Juan can explain that to anybody who wants to listen. However, defamation lawsuits hurled at activists is new ground and a line that the PAP stupidly crossed in the eyes of the public. Politicians are fair game if they are not wily enough to avoid lawsuits. In contrast, activists are not fair game, and the PAP will pay that price dearly when the GE comes.