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Subject: Timeshare firms apologise


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Date Posted: Thu, May 12 2005, 10:17:03

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

Ansley Ng
ansley@newstoday.com.sg

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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[> Subject: Well, how the mighty juggernaut had fallen ...


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Date Posted: Thu, May 12 2005, 13:23:29

That just goes to show how bloody arrogant those LGM bastards really are.

They really thought that they were invincible.

They really thought that they could get away with murder.

So, it really warms my heart to no end to know that they have been proven wrong so publicly for a change.

But the million-dollar question remains:
Is the goverment going to tighten the regulations against the timeshare scams or is it going to be business as usual?

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[> Subject: Timeshare group says sorry for using MM's photo in ad


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Date Posted: Tue, May 31 2005, 15:41:42

This is the same story, but published in the Straits Times 12 May 2005.

SINGAPORE: Timeshare group says sorry for using MM's photo in ad
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew demands apology for misuse of his photo and comments in travel brochure

The Straits Times
Thursday, May 12, 2005

A group of timeshare companies landed in hot water for using Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's picture and words in one of their brochures without his permission.

The group, comprising Holiday Marketing International and L.G.M. Limited, took out an advertisement in The Straits Times today to apologise to Mr Lee.

It also agreed to pay him an undisclosed sum of damages.

Trouble began when the group published a brochure with a photograph of Mr Lee, with his name and then-designation of Senior Minister, along with a quote he once gave to The Reader's Digest magazine about his family holidays.

The brochure was used to market their holiday and vacation products and services.

It was brought to Mr Lee's attention last month.

His lawyers then sent a letter of demand to the group asking for an apology and damages.

The group agreed to comply a few days ago.

Mr Lee is represented by Senior Counsel Davinder Singh and Mr Hri Kumar, from Drew and Napier, who crafted the apology.

In it, the group admitted that the use of Mr Lee's photograph, name, office and quote could suggest that he had consented to their publication in the brochure.

This could lead people to believe that Mr Lee had done so for publicity, either for gain or to sponsor the group's business. And that he did it by taking advantage of his political position.

"We admit and acknowledge that the allegation and suggestions are false and completely without foundation," the group said in its apology.

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

Mr Lee did not consent to the use of his photograph, name, office and quote in the brochure.

The group apologised unreservedly to him for the distress and embarrassment caused.

It also promised not to make any further allegations or suggestions.

The group's officers could not be reached for comment last night.

This is not the first time that politicians have sued successfully against companies that used their names or pictures without their consent.

In 1995, for example, opposition MP Chiam See Tong took a Chinese restaurant to court for using a picture of him in its advertisement without his permission. He won $50,000 in damages.


Date Posted: 5/12/2005

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[> Subject: Timeshare firms apologise (from LianHe Zao Bao)


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Date Posted: Tue, May 31 2005, 15:55:24

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[> Subject: Timeshare firms apologise(Sin Chew Daily)


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Date Posted: Tue, May 31 2005, 16:06:44

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