16 May, 2007

Sarawak CM sues PKR officials, Malaysiakini and Utusan !

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has filed a law suit against two media organisations - independent online news portal Malaysiakini and Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia - for alleged defamation over the timber kickbacks scandal.

Speaker Datuk Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar informed the Sarawak State Assembly when the resumed Wednesday that Taib filed the suits against Utusan Malaysia and Malaysiakini in the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Tuesday.

Taib named as defendants MKini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, the publisher of Malaysiakini, and its chief editor Gan Diong Keng, also known as Steven Gan.

The defendants named in the lawsuit against Utusan Malaysia are its proprietor and publisher Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd, Utusan Online and group editor Datuk Mohd Khalid Mohd.

In the Kuching High Court, a suit was filed against PKR state liaison chief Wan Zainal Wan Sanusi and the party’s Stampin branch chairman See Chee How.

Mohd Asfia said the lawsuit against the PKR officials was related to the distribution of leaflets which contained articles from Malaysiakini and Japan Times.

In his personal statement to the assembly on Monday, Taib said legal action would be initiated against Japan Times and other media publications which had published false allegations against him, unless they retract the articles concerned, apologise, pay legal costs and damages.

He said the Japan Times had alleged that "1.1bil yen was paid to Sarawak officials as kickbacks or rebates and lubricant to facilitate the timber trade."

Taib warned others against repeating similar allegations, otherwise "they can have their day in a court of justice to provide factual justification for making such false and malicious allegations or be condemned in damages."



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The old man does not know when to remove his hand from the cookie jar. Most people in the State know he is corrupt and got wealthy on the backs of Sarawakians. How else could he have done it on a Chief Minister's salary? May be he will succeed with the lawsuit in Malaysia as the judicial system is a joke and rigged in favor of the ruling elite. Step outside of Malaysia...he's naked. The Japanese would not have accused him without any solid evidence. Who is Taib anyway outside of Malaysia? He'll get his day in court but he'll dig himself deeper in the hole. Under cross examination, he may have to divulge information that he is not willing to share with the public. The truth hurts. Greed is what will ultimately bring him down.

May 17, 2007 7:54 PM  

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