There are two courts at play. The court of law. And the court of public opinion. And I think the latter is more powerful.
Pm Lee will likely win in the court of law. Not because the court is biased, but simply because Roy has no proof of criminal misappropriation. ‘Fair comment’ is not going to cut it.
But Pm Lee is going to lose in the court of public opinion. He’ll be seen as a righteous bully, a petty, oversensitive and out of touch old man.
Frankly, I think he knows there’s very little upside for him in this case, only downside.
Most people on the street don’t think he’s a criminal or a cheat, so he doesn’t need a court victory to exonerate himself or clear his name.
He doesn’t need the money.
The only reason he has to do this is because of the pap code. He uttered it himself before, if any pap mp is accused of wrongdoing and doesn’t sue, that’s tantamount to being guilty. So having painted himself into a corner, he cannot don’t sue.
I wonder if he wishes things could change.
But on the other hand, I’d rather the pap not change at all. Because if they do transform themselves, the other parties will be finished!