I agree completely with TKL. That's why I had to read Alex Au's post thrice to decide which parts were defamatory. I also picked up the same bits which TKL had. What his Swedish friends suggested is revealing.
Years ago, when NKF was riding high and behaving arrogantly it had succeeded in silencing a few people who suggested they were using donors' funds improperly. It took NKF to be stupid enough to sue SPH a firm with even more financial resources than it to reveal the truth.
Just last year we were reminded of the sad story of how Alan Poon suffered from the legal big stick City Harvest Church had brought against him. Justice had come very late for Alan Poon but the point is that demanding and getting a public apology for defamation does not necessary prove that the defendant was guilty. Therefore Alex Au apology doesn't amount to anything except that he must have felt bullied into apologizing. If we really want to have an independent legal view on this, try it outside Singapore. Try it in the UK.
In the court of public opinion, the PM has lost. Even the waiter who was serving as our tea at this evening dinner also thought so. I am too lazy to share how and what caused him to offer his opinion. This is a memory hook for me if I revisit this post in future.
We are already in 2013. To use a legal truncheon against your opponent is politically a damn stupid thing to do. I guess the PM is learning it the hard way now. Perhaps ten times more than the readership Alex Au usually gets (I am not his regular reader) have read the same post and concluded like TKL.
I like to end this post with a further comment by TKL to others responding to his post.
The PM should have been magnanimous enough to cut the small guy some slack. I am disappointed that he failed to do so.
Update: Jan 7
This one I picked up from my S3 while waiting for the bus this morning after sending the car for its regular maintenance.