Press Statement by Raja Syarafina Raja Shuib, Special Legal Officer to YAB Lim Guan Eng on 18.7.2017, KOMTAR,George Town, Penang.

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Gerakan Practices Double-Standards In Suing Lim Guan Eng For Defamation

Gerakan President, YB Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong’s recent confirmation on 14.7.2017 that “[Gerakan] will sue Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng” is a repeat of the irresponsible statement by YB Liang Teck Ming on 11.7.2017 that the Chief Minister has allegedly defamed Penang’s previous Gerakan-led administration.

While it is confirmed that the Chief Minister’s Office received the Notice of Action on 12.7.2017, we regrettably found no basis that warrants the Chief Minister to issue any semblance of apology within the given deadline or at any time. Instead, we readily welcome service of the cause papers by Gerakan’s legal team. What we can’t anticipate however, is the question of the long time needed to file a suit and the timing now just before the 14th General Elections.

If Gerakan found itself, for whatever reason, that they were defamed since 2012, one wonders why they even needed a 5-year gap before actually commencing action. If Gerakan needs to justify their action now just so that they ‘regain respect and dignity as well as putting things back in perspective’, why the long delay of 5 years in the first place?

Mah claims that Gerakan does not practice the culture of suing but that Gerakan is compelled to do so, is incorrect when the mass media in all languages give full coverage to Gerakan’s statements. This privilege is not granted to the Penang Chief Minister whose statements either do not get reported at all or a heavily edited version is published.

Mah and Gerakan also practice double standards. Their leaders (like Penang Gerakan Youth Acting Chairman Jason Loo) complained about the death of freedom of expression after being sued for defamation by Lim. However, no Gerakan leaders talk about death of freedom of expression when Mah or Gerakan sues Lim. Why is it okay for Gerakan to sue but not for Lim Guan Eng to sue? Such double-standards by Gerakan have been comprehensively and consistently rejected by the voters in the last 2 general elections in 2008 and 2013.


Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will vigorously defend the defamation suit by Gerakan and welcomes the opportunity to prove in Court that the previous BN Penang state government sold 36 times more land than the present state government, but yet received less money.


Special Legal Officer to the Penang Chief Minister


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