Singapore Government statutory board threatens to sue citizen for defamation.

WRITERS NAME:
Aaron Lee
Cal Chengying

REF: ALTC/CAICY/1013000399

15 April 2013
Han Hui Hui

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aaron.lee@allenandgledhill.com
cai.chengying@allenandgledhill.com

BY REGISTERED POST AND BY EMAIL

Dear Sir
DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS AGAINST THE COUNCIL FOR PRIVATE EDUCATION (THE CPE)

1. We act for the CPE.

2. It has come to our client’s attention that you have published defamatory statements against our client which are wholly untrue and unsubstantiated, by way of, inter alia, the following emails:

(a) An email dated 8 April 2013 (timed at 11:29AM) sent to "CPE Contact" and Mr Andy Ong of CPE ("Mr Ong"), copying cavez@yahoo.com; reacheah@gmail.com; theonlinecitizen@gmail.com; chew1976@gmail.com; temasek_review@hotmail.com; publichouse.sg@gmail.com; contact@lianainfilms.com; singaporedaily@gmail.com; reachus@yahoo-inc.com; 938live@mediacorp.com.sg; kjeyaretnam@gmail.com; iloveted@tedxsingapore.sg; stomp@stomp.com.sg; circs@sph.com.sg; sphcorp@sph.com.sg and admin@therealsingapore.com (the "First Email"); and

(b) An email dated 11 April 2013 (timed at 12:07AM) sent to "CPE Contact" and Mr Ong,copying cavez@yahoo.com; reacheah@gmail.com; theonlinecitizen@gmail.com; chew1976@gmail.com; temasek_review@hotmail.com; publichouse.sg@gmail.com; contact@lianainfilms.com; singaporedaily@gmail.com; reachus@yahoo-inc.com; 938live@mediacorp.com.sg; kjeyaretnam@gmail.com; iloveted@tedxsingapore.sg; stomp@stomp.com.sg; circs@sph.com.sg; sphcorp@sph.com.sg; kinlian@gmail.com; wennyangela@yahoo.com (the "Second Email").

(collectively, the "Emails")

3. The defamatory contents of the Emails include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a) The First Email was copied to several parties, including media sources, and states as follows:


(b) The Second Email was also copied to several parties, including media sources, and states as follows:


4. The allegations in the Emails are highly defamatory and constitute a grave slander and/or libel on the CPE. The implications and meanings that can be drawn from the said allegations are clear. The allegations were made to cast doubt on the credibility and integrity of the CPE as well as the manner in which the CPE conducts its affairs and/or business. The allegations also give rise to an imputation that the CPE is dishonest and/or unethical.

5. The contents of the Statements tend to and in fact, have lowered the CPE in the esteem of right-thinking members of society and are as such, defamatory in nature.

6. In the premises, our client demands that you comply with the following:

(a) Immediately cease and desist from any further publication of the Emails;

(b) Send to us, as our client’s solicitors, a full and unqualified apology and undertaking in terms of the attached draft by 12pm on Monday, 22 April 2013;

(c) Send the said apology and undertaking to "CPE Contact" and Mr Ong in an email, copying the parties which were also copied in the Emails by 12pm on Monday, 22 April 2013; and

(d) Cause the said apology and undertaking to be published on your, website http://huihui247.blogspot.sg/ and on your Facebook account on http://www.facebook.com (without adding any security settings) for at least 14 days from the date we receive the said apology and undertaking.

7. TAKE NOTICE that unless our client receives your favourable reply in writing by 5pm on Wednesday, 17 April 2013, our client will take the necessary steps to protect its rights and interests, including but not limited to commencing legal proceedings without further reference to you.

8. In the meantime, all our client’s rights are expressly reserved.

Yours faithfully
Allen & Gledhill LLP