The drama continues between Pranay Gupte and the ST.
How to spurn friends, alienate professionals, and not give a damn
by Pranay Gupte.
What explains The Straits Times' conduct?
I am in receipt of your letter of December 1, 2004, and a cheque for S$20,332.71.
You are giving me two pieces of news that are truly astonishing:
(1) That I walked out of our November 16 meeting. As you very well know, I did no such thing. Please do not add insult to injury and engage in such nonsense. It is my clear recollection that our meeting ended amicably. It simply doesn't behoove a senior official of SPH to spout falsehoods, especially about a senior international writer such as myself who has served The Straits Times loyally and productively since April 2004.
(2) That I declined your cheque of S$20,000 during our meeting of November 16, when you handed me the termination letter. I was never informed that such a cheque was ready. You only referred to the amount. I responded that I would need to consult my lawyer before agreeing to the clauses spelled out in your November 16 letter.