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Timeshare firms apologise to MM Lee

Postby ccn666 » Sun, 22 May 2005 8:25 pm


Timeshare firms apologise
Agree to pay damages to MM Lee for illegal use of photo, quote
Ansley Ng

TWO timeshare companies that quoted Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in one of their holiday brochures without permission have apologised and paid damages to Mr Lee.

Leisure Group Marketing (LGM) and Holiday Marketing International (HMI) had used a photo of Mr Lee, accompanied by a quote, in a joint brochure that marketed timeshare packages for resorts in countries including Austria, Portugal and Australia.

In an interview with The Reader's Digest when he was Senior Minister, Mr Lee said he would take his children to a resort or retreat every year when they were young to bond with them.

That quote had been carried in this newspaper, from which the two companies lifted the material, without permission, for their brochure.

Both companies, which paid damages to Mr Lee two days ago, have also published an apology.

"We recognise that the use of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's photograph, name, office and quote suggest and mean or will be understood to mean that Mr Lee Kuan Yew, when he was Senior Minister, had consented to the use of his photograph, name, office and quote for publicity, either for gain or to sponsor our business, and that Mr Lee Kuan Yew had done so by taking advantage of his position as Senior Minister," the companies said in the published apology.

"We recognise and unconditionally accept that Mr Lee Kuan Yew never used, or permitted the use of, his name, office and position for gain or to sponsor any business."

Both companies unreservedly apologised to Mr Lee and agreed to pay him damages by way of compensation and costs.
It is believed that Mr Lee's office learned of the brochure on the first week of April after it was forwarded a copy by the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case). Case had obtained a copy from a consumer who had lodged a complaint against LGM for unfair practices, said its executive director Seah Seng Choon.

On April 11, Mr Lee's lawyers — senior counsel Davinder Singh and Mr Hri Kumar from law firm Drew & Napier — sent a letter of demand to both companies.

"They agreed to apologise shortly after the letter of demand was sent to them," said Mr Kumar, who declined to reveal how much was paid in damages. "They have accepted that the words (in the quote) suggested that Mr Lee was endorsing the product."
In a copy of the brochure obtained by Today, Mr Lee was quoted as saying: "When my children were young, I made a rule that every Sunday we would have an outing and we would have at least one meal a day together.

"Once a year, I would take about two or three weeks off, and we'd go to a hill resort or some retreat and get closer to them. But they grew up so quickly."

LGM and HMI declined comment when contacted by Today last night.

In 1995, opposition Member of Parliament Chiam See Tong was awarded $50,000 in a High Court suit against a Chinese restaurant that used his picture in a newspaper advertisement and flyers without his permission.


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Postby Guest » Sun, 22 May 2005 8:52 pm

and your point is? Do you think others do not read the paper for you to have to post an article without comment?

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Postby joop » Sun, 22 May 2005 9:01 pm


Please stop pasting all the newspaper articles. People would know the sources to find their reads.

If you have a point, state it, otherwise, stop your cut and paste.
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