GEORGE TOWN: A vocal Opposition party leader in Penang has vowed to speak out for the people of Penang despite being slapped with a suit by a company tasked to build an undersea tunnel.
Parti Cinta Malaysia Vice-President Huan Cheng Guan said he was handed a statement of claim by the lawyers of the undersea tunnel builders Consortium Zenith-BUCG (CZBUCG) on Tuesday, suing him for defamation and also applying for an injunction to prevent him from making any comments on the project.
“The Penang Government has always advocated freedom of speech and what not. With this suit, there is clearly none. To make things worse, there have been no proper answers from the Penang Government on the undersea tunnel.
“Even the debate between state Exco Lim Hock Seng and Gerakan Secretary-General Liang Teck Meng did not yield answers. And all the answers given by the Penang Government officials so far have contradicted each other.
“I will let the court decide if this is fair. I hope the case will not carry on.
“You can do whatever you want. It will not scare me. The land belongs to the rakyat and is not the leaders’ father’s land. But I am born in Penang and I have the responsibility to speak up for the people of Penang,” he said when contacted today.
Earlier, Huan published an excerpt of the letter of demand sent to him on Facebook. The statement reads: “An injunction to defendants to stop them or their agents, workers from publishing statements in any method on the plaintiff.”
Meanwhile, Huan also asked the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on the status of its investigation into documents pertaining to the undersea tunnel, surrendered to them a few months ago.
“Everything was surrendered to them and it has been quite some time. I hope the new Penang MACC chief can investigate immediately.”
CZBUCG won an open tender to build an undersea tunnel connecting George Town on the island and Butterworth on the mainland as well as three other main roads worth RM6.3 billion.
The Malaysia-China joint venture company said it was suing Huan as he had allegedly tarnished its reputation and this was affecting the confidence of its financiers.
CZBUCG Chairman Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli said his company had been transparent, explaining what had taken place over the past three years.
In response to this, Huan had told his lawyer, Baljit Singh, to counter sue CZBUCG and the Penang Government for defaming him and calling him a liar.