Everybody could use a candlelight vigil.
Around 150 individuals turned up for a candlelight vigil event at Hong Lim Park on Sept. 17, 2014, to show solidarity with Roy Ngerng Yi Ling.
The event was organised by two of Ngerng’s friends who wanted to show him that there are a lot of people who are his friends and are concerned about the litigation that he is going through, even though only two of them decided to start a vigil for him.
Candles were placed around the grass, forming the wordings, “ROY” and a short phrase of “We’r W U”, meaning “We are with you” to signify the support the crowd has for Ngerng.
However, this led to some confusion as some supporters were overheard asking, “Who is Wu?”
On May 30, 2014, Ngerng was sued by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for defamation over allegations made in Ngerng’s blog that the latter is guilty of criminal misappropriation of the monies paid by Singaporeans to the Central Provident Fund (CPF).
PM Lee’s lawyer has earlier filed a court application in July for a summary judgement against Ngerng, saying that Ngerng has no defence and the only issue to be determined is damages.
However, the verdict out on Sept. 18, 2014, had the judge rule that he reserved judgement. This means there is no ruling as he is undecided.
But when normal people reserve judgement or don’t do anything, it is known as “procrastination”.
Reaction from public at vigil
Members of the public who turned up for the event said that they were there at the candlelight vigil because they felt a need to show moral support to Ngerng at this trying time for him.
Mr Vincent Law who turned up at the event remarked that this event was a peaceful way of showing support to Ngerng and also to show that people are no longer afraid to express their opinions.
Obviously, this guy has never heard of the Internet.
Another woman, Mdm Tan speaking in Chinese, lamented that it was too small a crowd and she felt that people should have turned up for the event since Ngerng made the effort to stand up for their rights. She said that she made a point to come to the event to show her support.
She probably also has not heard of the Internet where people can congregate without leaving home.
Another lady commented that she was there with her husband to support Ngerng, for there are few Singaporeans who would dare voice their opinion out in the public and respect him for his courage.
Obviously, they too also never heard of the Internet.
Mixed sentiments from the crowd on how Ngerng should move on as some encouraged Ngerng to fight on, while some asked him to be mentally prepared to become a bankrupt.
The two friends pledged to hold another vigil for Roy Ngerng when he became bankrupt as the candlelight is expected to help lit a light in his life when he has no money.
The Online Citizen contributed this article unwittingly.
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