According to sources close to the Reform Party, CPF blogger Roy Ngerng, Transitioning.org Gilbert Goh and lawyer M Ravi may contest in Ang Mo Kio GRC against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Over on Facebook, Gilbert Goh and Roy Ngerng are currently spotted in Ang Mo Kio Street 22 and about to start their walkabout this morning around 10am (August 22).
The trio are all prominent activist who champion for a variety of causes for Singaporeans including CPF liberation, protest against 6.9 million population, re-hiring of unemployed Singaporeans and advocation of human rights. Here are their profiles:
1) Roy Ngerng
The sociology graduate from National University of Singapore (NUS) CPF writer soared to fame when he criticized Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife’s links with the country’s sovereign wealth companies, Temasek Holdings and GIC Holdings, and the national retirement fund, CPF. Publishing more than 400 articles about Singapore’s finance using what little information he could gather from government websites, Roy Ngerng is also known as the internet statistician who revealed the policy direction of the ruling PAP Government but comparing the amount of government spending in healthcare, retirement, education and defence.
As his write-ups on Singapore Government spendings gained more public attention, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last year decided to sue Roy Ngerng on his personal basis, charging the ex-healthcare officer for defamation. Roy Ngerng was fired from his well-paying job at Tan Tock Seng Hospital immediately then, and has been unemployed taking odd jobs like being a toilet cleaner since. The former NUS sociology graduate is still unable to find a job as Singapore employers shun him because of the lawsuit by the Prime Minister. Roy Ngerng today get by from financial help from his supporters, who are mainly Singaporeans who appreciate his sacrifice for speaking up against the CPF. Last year, the Singapore Court judged Roy Ngerng guilty for defamation without trial and Singaporeans from all walks of life raised S$110,000 for Roy Ngerng to help pay for his legal fees against PM Lee Hsien Loong.
Beside being a good writer, Roy Ngerng is also famed for giving speeches internationally over the Singapore’s retirement system, often criticizing the CPF for its inadequacy which resulted in Singaporeans having to work into their twilight years.
The Singapore Government did not accuse Roy Ngerng of fabricating data and statistics, which is a subtle admission that every article Roy Ngerng has written are founded on strong basis. Recently a 16 year old boy, Amos Yee, who was jailed for criticizing the former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, also quoted Roy Ngerng’s statistics in his offending video. The Singapore Court did not penalize Roy Ngerng’s statistics in the video, which is also another tacit acknowledgement of the CPF blogger’s work.
2) Gilbert Goh
Gilbert Goh is an owner of his non-government organization (NGO) that helps unemployed Singaporeans and Singaporeans who face financial difficulties. He first rose to fame when he organized a protest against the Singapore Government’s announcement to increase the influx of foreigners and the population to 6.9 million. The protest gathered more than 5,000 participants and is in Singapore history, the biggest ever in 50 years since Independence.
Having moved back from Australia, Gilbert Goh felt sorry for the state of poverty in Singapore, especially the elderly, and he started his own NGO helping the poor and unemployed referring them to employers and also providing them with financial aid. His NGO is largely funded by Singaporeans who recognize his selfless effort to help Singaporeans. Gilbert Goh is also a strong advocate against income inequality in Singapore and regularly conduct protests against the Singapore Government over the plight of the poor.
3) M Ravi
M Ravi is one of Singapore’s top human rights lawyers who become a national icon when he became the first lawyer to win a case against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the powers of the Prime Minister to have unfettered decision to call for a by-election. He also represented Roy Ngerng who at that time, was not able to seek help from any Singaporean lawyer because the case was against the Prime Minister. M Ravi was later declared of relapse of bipolar disorder by the Singapore Law Society and he was put out of practice at the moment until he is cleared by the government’s health authority.
Aside from being a lawyer, M Ravi is also famed for being a strong advocate of human rights and giving speeches because of his eloquency: