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  • Honeybunz's Avatar
    15,901 posts since Apr '02
    • SINGAPORE : The National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) defamation suit against the Singapore Press Holdings has opened in the High Court.

      The case centres around an article in the Straits Times published on 19 April 2004 entitled "The NKF Controversially ahead of its time".

      And first to take the stand was the NKF's CEO, TT Durai who made some startling revelations during cross examination by SPH's Senior Counsel Davinder Singh.

      The article in question was written by SPH's journalist Susan Long whom NKF is also suing.

      It had an account of a contractor who had been hired to install some bathroom fittings for its new headquarters in 1995.

      NKF says the article had many falsehoods and half truths. But Monday's hearing was more than just about toilet fittings.

      It was a public scrutiny of how the NKF is administered and run, the travel patterns of its senior executives and the chief executive officer, and what salaries were paid to the CEO in the last three years.

      The court heard that CEO Durai got a twelve month bonus last year. And between 2002 and 2004, he would have earned close to S$1.8 million.

      From the outset, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh who is acting for SPH, emphasized the importance of transparency and public accountability on NKF's part as every cent which NKF spent came from public donations.

      Several senior officials from NKF were in court to follow the proceedings, including its patron Mrs Goh Chok Tong.

      - CNA /ls

  • sgboy2004's Avatar
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  • DriftingGuy's Avatar
    6,923 posts since Feb '05
  • dragg's Avatar
    49,241 posts since Mar '05
  • Honeybunz's Avatar
    15,901 posts since Apr '02
    • My friend who is a lawyer herself once told me that it is very expensive to sue somebody on defamation.

  • Mr Fugue's Avatar
    11,316 posts since Jul '05
  • Honeybunz's Avatar
    15,901 posts since Apr '02
    • Originally posted by DriftingGuy:
      Mrs Goh Chok Tong? Hmm what are the odds? Laughing

      patron only mah.

  • crazy monkey's Avatar
    9,810 posts since Dec '04
    • Originally posted by Honeybunz:
      My friend who is a lawyer herself once told me that it is very [b]expensive to sue somebody on defamation. [/b]

      they got a lot of money Laughing

  • DriftingGuy's Avatar
    6,923 posts since Feb '05
    • Originally posted by Mr Fugue:
      now the fund raised from hard-earned cash of singaporeans can be put to good use. Laughing

      The next person they will sue for defamation is you Laughing

  • dragg's Avatar
    49,241 posts since Mar '05
    • Originally posted by Honeybunz:
      My friend who is a lawyer herself once told me that it is very [b]expensive to sue somebody on defamation. [/b]

      the plantiff always sue with cost. so no difference to them.

  • DriftingGuy's Avatar
    6,923 posts since Feb '05
    • Originally posted by Honeybunz:
      patron only mah.

      Normal person by day, superhero by night Laughing

  • Mr Fugue's Avatar
    11,316 posts since Jul '05
    • Originally posted by DriftingGuy:
      The next person they will sue for defamation is you Laughing

      there is no grounds. Laughing

  • DriftingGuy's Avatar
    6,923 posts since Feb '05
  • Honeybunz's Avatar
    15,901 posts since Apr '02
    • This lawsuit, using who's money?

      NKF's or TT Durai's?

      Or the good lawyer giving free service???

    • Originally posted by DriftingGuy:
      I smell a scapegoat coming, guess who she is Laughing

      what goat?

  • Mr Fugue's Avatar
    11,316 posts since Jul '05
    • Originally posted by Honeybunz:
      This lawsuit, using who's money?

      NKF's or TT Durai's?

      Or the good lawyer giving free service???

      hmmm... Laughing Laughing Laughing

  • DriftingGuy's Avatar
    6,923 posts since Feb '05
    • Originally posted by Honeybunz:
      what goat?

      From what i know, from a lawyer fren, if a gov org sues another gov org or gov affliated org.. it always ends with 1 person (not high up) who takes the blame... aka finding the scapegoat

  • Honeybunz's Avatar
    15,901 posts since Apr '02
  • Mr Fugue's Avatar
    11,316 posts since Jul '05
    • Originally posted by Honeybunz:
      The court heard that CEO Durai got a twelve month bonus last year. And between 2002 and 2004, he would have earned close to S$1.8 million.

      Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

      when he resign/retire, I want to apply for his position!!! Laughing

      Edited by Mr Fugue 11 Jul `05, 9:05PM
  • Honeybunz's Avatar
    15,901 posts since Apr '02
    • Originally posted by DriftingGuy:
      From what i know, from a lawyer fren, if a gov org sues another gov org or gov affliated org.. it always ends with 1 person (not high up) who takes the blame... aka finding the scapegoat

      like that ah..... Can I appoint a scapegoat for them??

    • Originally posted by Mr Fugue:
      Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

      when he step down, I want to apply for his position!!! Laughing

      He won't step down. He has a long long life to live.
      But if you decide to shorten it for him, do give me a call.
      My business is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

  • Mr Fugue's Avatar
    11,316 posts since Jul '05
  • I-like-flings(m)'s Avatar
    17,715 posts since Feb '04
    • 12mth bonus?? sure bo?? if not CNA also tio sue later ar!!!!.. but if it's true.. knnbccb i will take up he job anytime... and i promised that for every $1 donated 70cent will be use on the patients... cb... if not i will resign myself and knn i will only ask for a 6mth bonus nia!!!...any big Fuck see this can PM if u want to employ mi... Cool

  • Mr Fugue's Avatar
    11,316 posts since Jul '05
    • Originally posted by Honeybunz:
      He won't step down. He has a long long life to live.

      not all people live to ripe old age. Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

  • dragg's Avatar
    49,241 posts since Mar '05
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