Guan Eng: Why compare my suit against PAS info chief with RM90 mil case?

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng welcoming Penang Governor Abdul Rahman Abbas to the open house at the Setia Convention Centre in Bayan Lepas today.

GEORGE TOWN: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today questioned why certain quarters on social media were comparing the recent out-of-court settlement between PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and a British journalist to the one between him and a PAS leader two years ago.

Lim emphasised the two cases were completely different as PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, against whom he had filed a defamation suit, had apologised in an open court.

“I don’t know why the RM90 million case is being compared to my case with Nasrudin. It is not the same.

“I am sure you all know I won the case, and because I won the case, he (Nasrudin) expressed regret in the court and retracted his statement and I obtained RM10,000 in costs,” Lim told reporters today.

Earlier, he and the Penang Chinese Chambers of Commerce hosted 10,000 people at an open house at the Setia Spice Convention Centre, with Yang di-Pertua Negeri Abdul Rahman Abbas as the guest of honour.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng tossing yee sang together with the governor and other dignitaries at his open house today.

The “RM90 million” that Lim mentioned was the amount allegedly deposited in the bank accounts of PAS leaders for supporting Umno and BN, according to an article published by Sarawak Report’s Claire Rewcastle-Brown.

Hadi then sued her at the London High Court of Justice over her claims. On Feb 2, Hadi had agreed to undisclosed terms of a settlement with Rewcastle-Brown.

The PAS president was said to have consented to withdraw his claims against the London-based journalist as the defendant. Rewcastle-Brown was said to have similarly withdrawn her counterclaims.

In August 2014, Lim had sued Nasrudin for making a slanderous statement over the proposed Penang undersea tunnel on Facebook, titled “Apa Beza Kidex dan Penang Tunnel” (“What’s the difference between Kidex and the Penang Tunnel”).

In that post, Nasrudin questioned why the then Selangor menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was condemned in connection with the Kinrara-Damansara Highway Project (Kidex), but Lim was spared the brickbats in the construction of the Penang undersea tunnel, which Nasrudin claimed was awarded via direct negotiations.

According to Nasrudin, the tunnel project, valued at RM4.63 billion, was fully financed by the Penang government and awarded to the developer, Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd, via direct negotiations.

A consent judgement was reached on Jan 19, where Lim dropped the suit against Nasrudin after he agreed to “retract his baseless statement” against Lim at the High Court.