PENANG – Gerakan has filed a defamation suit against the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng for defaming the party and its former President Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon on the allegations of Tanjung Tokong (Sri Tanjung Pinang) land sales.
The suit was filed by the Secretary-General of Gerakan, Datuk Liang Teck Meng at the High Court through attorney Datuk Baljit Singh.
According to the statement of claim, Teck Meng claimed that Guan Eng has repeatedly accused the previous Gerakan-led Penang government during the administration of Tsu Koon as the Chief Minister of Penang, for selling the land in Sri Tanjung Pinang at RM1 per square feet for land valued at RM42.7 million.
Teck Meng added, the legal action was taken after Guan Eng repeatedly makes the false statement on the land sales as published in various media platforms.
Meanwhile, Gerakan has made official explanations on the Sri Tanjung Pinang land sales issues repeatedly to the people to deny Guan Eng’s allegations.
“Guan Eng however, keeps repeating the same allegations, which is defamation, and force us to take legal actions against him,” he said.
In replying on why he filed the suit instead of Tsu Koon, Teck Meng said, the action is taken as Guan Eng’s attacks were on Gerakan and not on an individual.
Datuk Baljit Singh also informed that former Penang Chief Minister Tsu Koon will also be called as a witness of the case.
Teck Meng submitted the demand notice to Guan Eng which urged the DAP Secretary-General to make an official apology to Gerakan within 72 hours.
He explained, Gerakan has never sold the Sri Tanjung Pinang land as claimed by Guan Eng. On the other hand, it was a concession agreement for the reclamation of the land in 1992.
He added, the agreement involved two important components, namely, the reclamation of the land and the shareholding for the reclamation.
Through the agreement, 37 percent of the shares if owned by the Penang state government in its first phase of 97 hectares of reclamation where19 hectares were resubmitted to the Penang State government. – MalaysiaGazette