DEFAMATION - LETTER OF DEMAND ISSUED TO MALIK ALJUNIED OF SNOC AND SINGAPORE ATHLETICS
While dealing with the long-running Ashley Liew Sportsmanship Tale/2019 SEA Games selection saga, I have tried my best to be reasonable, and yet I have to do what I have to do to protect the values of accountability and transparency.
On 16 August 2019, Singapore Athletics (SA) replied to us a second time "confirming that (I) did breach the Athlete's Code of Conduct", but again failed to provide any justification or basis to the defamatory allegations they made against me through a statement to the media. SA also proposed for us to "(meet) to discuss and resolve the matter amicably".
Defamatory Facebook Post by Malik Aljunied of SNOC and Singapore Athletics
I was considering SA’s proposal to meet until the latest post by SNOC employee and Singapore Athletics Executive Director Malik Aljunied on Saturday night, 17 August 2019:
Much as I wish to reconcile with SA, I don’t understand how both parties can do so under such circumstances and when people within the association such as Malik are so plainly against me.
Legal Letter issued to Singapore Athletics
I have now come to a decision, and am still willing to give it a try to meet Singapore Athletics, but without Malik’s attendance. The legal letter we have issued to Singapore Athletics is as follows:
CLAIM FOR DEFAMATION FILED AGAINST MALIK ALJUNIED OF SNOC AND SINGAPORE ATHLETICS
As for Malik’s defamatory Facebook post, I will leave my lawyers to assess damages and to do the necessary at law. My lawyers have issued him a claim for defamation as follows:
The saga has dragged on for close to 3 weeks now, with me chasing SA for basis to their allegations, and SA constantly evading our questions and repeating their allegations about me breaking the "Athletes' Code of Conduct" but failing to provide basis.
All I want is for closure and for the authorities to be accountable and transparent in their decision-making, and if i am not selected for the SEA Games, satisfactory reasons on why I am not selected. Instead, I am being subjected to an evasive ‘hide-and-seek’ response.
I now hope that the Singapore Athletics leadership will step forth to provide either:
1) Basis for saying I breached the "Athletes' Code of Conduct"
2) A public apology on wording to be agreed by me if SA has no basis to their allegations