PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang said he will contest a RM10 million defamation suit filed against him by a former attorney-general, adding that Malaysians will now be able to get answers on the latter’s conduct in the 1MDB scandal.
The DAP supremo said he has instructed his lawyer Ramkarpal Singh “to accept service” of the suit by Mohamed Apandi Ali.
“I will contest Apandi’s suit, but it is a matter of relief that Malaysians now will have the opportunity to get answers why Apandi had been totally inactive as Malaysian attorney-general after the US Department of Justice (DoJ) filed its largest kleptocratic forfeiture suit over the 1MDB scandal,” he said in a statement today.
“Now, we can get the answers in the courts.”
Yesterday, Apandi filed a suit against the Iskandar Puteri MP over an article claiming that he aided and abetted in the 1MDB scandal.
In his statement of claim, Apandi, who was AG from July 2015 until his dismissal after Pakatan Harapan swept to power last year, said Lim had written a defamatory statement which was published in a news portal.
The article titled “Dangerous fallacy to think Malaysia is on the road to integrity” appeared in Malaysiakini on May 6 this year.
Apandi, who is now practising law, said the article implied that he had been involved in a crime.
Today, Lim said he has not received Apandi’s statement of claim.
In January 2016, Apandi cleared then prime minister Najib Razak of wrongdoing in the 1MDB and SRC International cases due to a lack of evidence.