PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against an Umno Youth member and several BN, Umno and PAS supporters for spreading false claims that his son had brought RM2 million in undeclared cash into Singapore.
He also hoped police would take strict action against the perpetrators.
Earlier, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador had denied claims that a senior DAP politician’s son had brought in RM2 million into Singapore without declaring it.
The news report, published in the Chinese media, had quoted an unnamed source.
It also reported that Lim had flown to Singapore on Feb 29 after his son was detained by the authorities over the incident.
Denying this, Lim said he was in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 29 to handle the week-long political crisis.
He alleged that the Umno Youth member, going by the name “Papa Azri”, had spread the fake news, which was then picked up by BN and Umno supporters and a few Chinese media outlets.
Lim said it was clear that the new government was attempting to “hide their failures” in managing the economic and health crisis using such “cruel tactics”.
“This is not the first time my son has been targeted by ‘Papa Azri’.
“Before this, he had made an accusation that my son had sexually harassed his classmate, with a picture of the alleged ‘victim’ of the attack.”
He added that the person in the picture, a Hong Kong chess player, had never met his son before that.
Lim urged his political opponents to stop targeting his son, who is not involved in politics.