Thursday, December 22, 2005

NKF History : The 1st Whistle Blower

In 1999, a woman by the Tan Kiat Noi circulated an email telling people about the high bonuses paid out in NKF and urging them to stop donations. Luckily, the she received no interest from the authorities for her email and was crucified by Durai - she ended up paying $50K to NKF which is alot of money in those days. Because of the total lack of interest on the part of our authorities in listening to ordinary Singaporean whistle blowers, we get to enjoy those wonderful entertaining NKF shows for another 6 years.

Kidney foundation seeks court order over defamatory e-mail

Agence France Presse. May 6, 1999.SINGAPORE 'S National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is seeking a court order to compel Internet service providers to give the names of subscribers who may have circulated a defamatory e-mail against it, the Straits Times reported Thursday.
If the court order, which takes up to a month to obtain, is granted, it would be the first ever served on Singapore's three internet service providers, the report said.
"A high profile organization like the NKF will always be subjected to comments both good and bad. We must be prepared to take a tough stand and face them," said Matilda Chua, NKF's senior associate director.
This unprecedented move follows a furor last week over an exercise by Singapore's largest Internet service provider which scanned the computers of its subscribers to check for a virus without permission.
The exercise triggered fears in the tightly-ruled island that even cyberspace was not free from state control.
The NKF's move arose from e-mail sent to several people by a local woman accusing the NKF of paying high bonuses to its staff. She allegedly urged them not to donate to the foundation, the report said.
Since then, the woman, identified as Tan Kiat Noi, has paid S$50,000 dollars to the foundation in damages and has publicly apologized and withdrawn her statements.
The 48 e-mail subscribers who have received the e-mail from Tan and forwarded them to others have been tracked down and received letters from the NKF's lawyers, the report said.
A lawyer for the NKF said the 48 were asked to disclose the names and e-mail addresses of those they might have sent the defamatory e-mail to and were given a week to comply.
They may also be asked to pay damages, the lawyer told the paper.


Anonymous said...

What conclusion can we draw from this article:

The law in Singapore had been successfully abused by NKF (the rich and powerful) to intimidate and silence the whistle blower to submission.

Unless we have a law in-place to protect the whistle blower, I'm afraid the history will keep on repeating itself.

Anonymous said...

We do not need another law to protect the whistle-blowers. We need the authorities or powers that be to develop a balanced sensitivity to whistle blowers. Of course, they should protect them in the process too.
In this case, I felt that people in charge were also influenced by so-called 'success' of the organization. Having a prominent patron may also have been used to intimidate or self-intimidate. We should try to eliminate 'white-horse' effects in all segments of our society.

Anonymous said...

how about the 2 court cases that 'accused' durai flying first class?

does it mean that there is something wrong in singpaore justice system?

LuckySingaporean said...

The effective use of defamation lawsuits has been successful in silencing Singaporeans. We as a people have learned to say only good things about our powerful leaders and institution. Don't you thing that is simply wonderful.

Anonymous said...

The law in Singapore only favours people who have deep pocket.

Anonymous said...

Law in singapore states that if you're rich, your case is 90% won. said...

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