MonSpace owner sues MP over alleged illegal business claim

Businesswoman Jessy Lai claims Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng had tarnished her reputation and that of her company MonSpace (M) Sdn Bhd by making statements that she was running an illegal business. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The founder of an e-commerce firm has filed a lawsuit against Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng over alleged defamatory statements the DAP representative made against her and her company two years ago.

Businesswoman Jessy Lai claimed Lim had tarnished her reputation and that of her company MonSpace (M) Sdn Bhd by making statements that she was running an illegal business and had cheated Chinese investors.

She said the MP’s statements, published in the English and Chinese media, had implied that she was a dishonest person.

Lai said Lim had made the statements in May 2017 and November 2018 when he took a group of individuals, purportedly MonSpace’s investors, to her office and subsequently lodged police reports against her.

“My lawyers previously sent a letter of demand, asking him to apologise but he refused to do so,” Lai said in her suit.

She claimed that Lim’s statements had stirred up pressure from the authorities such as the police, Bank Negara Malaysia and the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry to take action against her.

“His actions led to me being prosecuted in court on May 8 under the Direct Sales and Pyramid Scheme Act,” she said.

Lai is seeking an unspecified amount of general, aggravated, and specific damages from Lim.

She is also seeking an injunction to stop Lim from publishing further defamatory remarks against her.

Lawyer Andy Yong, representing Lai, said the High Court here had fixed June 26 for case mention.

Lai and her company made headlines in 2016 when an airlines group linked to them was found operating a commercial flight without a valid air service permit. The group was later fined RM380,000 after pleading guilty to the offence.

More than 70 Chinese nationals had lodged police reports on a “misleading” investment scheme run by MonSpace then. DAP MPs at the time had voiced concern over MonSpace and the supposed scheme.

Lai previously said 16 of her company’s premises had been raided by the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry.