Woman says she regrets boycotting Xiaxue, won’t do it again

At left, Cheng in a February photo, Quek in an August photo. Photos: Xiaxue/Instagram, Elou.ease/Instagram
At left, Cheng in a February photo, Quek in an August photo. Photos: Xiaxue/Instagram, Elou.ease/Instagram

Looks like the social media influencer Singapore loves to hate has successfully put a muzzle on one of her critics who months ago initiated a boycott campaign. 

Elouise Quek Li Bin today issued a statement online expressing remorse over her actions and that she was retracting previous comments about blogger Wendy Cheng, or Xiaxue, that were “untrue” and written “out of context.” Quek’s statement came more than a month after Cheng waged a legal battle against her by sending cease and desist letters and issuing a protection and stop publication order. 

“I understand and realise that the allegations have caused Xiaxue to suffer financial losses and I regret this,” the 21-year-old wrote. “I did a mediation with Xiaxue and had the opportunity to hear her views. I now accept that some of my posts were untrue because they were based on posts that were selectively taken out of context.”

“I am sorry that my conduct has caused Xiaxue distress, loss, and damage,” she added. Quek also promised not to make further “false, untrue, or insulting allegations/statements” about Cheng in the future and not to reach out to companies “with a view of getting them to demonetise Xiaxue.”

Quek’s lawyer has denied requests to comment further. Cheng has not responded to Coconuts’ queries but she has spoken about the matter a day after this story was published.

Quek had in July led a boycott against Cheng amid uproar over racist comments the latter had written in the past. Quek did so by putting together an email template for people to blast companies with and persuade them to stop working with Cheng. That document has since been removed. 

Quek is represented by lawyers from local firm Eugene Thuraisingam LLP who confirmed the legal action in September. Quek had also gone public about the case amid ongoing legal proceedings.

The court orders are under the Protection from Harassment Act made to “remove any publication that is the cause of harassment” and “stop publishing a false statement, or any substantially similar statement, within a specified time.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with Cheng’s statement.

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