PETALING JAYA: Gerakan plans to sue Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over allegations the latter made about the previous Barisan Nasional state government having made a questionable sale of reclaimed land in Tanjung Tokong.
According to Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng, his counterpart in DAP had on several occasions said that the Gerakan-led government under former Penang CM Dr Koh Tsu Koon had sold the reclaimed land in Tanjung Tokong (now known as Sri Tanjung Pinang) to a developer back in the 1990s at a price of RM1 per square feet with an area of 980 acres valued at RM42.7 million.
“Such statements uttered by Lim have caused Gerakan and Koh to be ridiculed due to the baseless insinuation by him which was inaccurate and defamatory in nature,” Liang said in a statement released today.
He added that the party will first send a notice of its action to Lim demanding a formal apology.
“The notice of action will be delivered to Lim today, July 11. In it, we demand Lim apologise formally and without condition to Gerakan through a press conference, within three days, or 72 hours, starting from today,” Liang said, adding that the decision to take legal action was made after a meeting by the party’s central committee last month.
“We decided to pursue appropriate legal action to defend the reputation, image and interest of the party as well as former party president Dr Koh Tsu Koon.”
Liang said the facts of the case around the reclaimed land in Sri Tanjung Pinang was that it was actually a concession agreement of land reclamation that was awarded in 1992.
“There was no sale of land in Sri Tanjung Pinang as claimed by Lim. We have strong and valid reasons to believe that Lim made such statements in bad faith.
“We have compiled sufficient evidence that will comprehensively prove that Lim had repeatedly defamed Gerakan and Koh since 2012,” Liang said.
He added that Gerakan central bureau law and human rights chairman Baljit Singh will be representing the party in its effort to sue Lim for defamation.
Liang said he was confident of the party’s strong position in taking this legal action based on the evidence in hand, but will wait for Lim’s response first.