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KUCHING: Pujut Assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon is suing Second Minister of Finance and United People’s Party (UPP) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh for alleging that he was bankrupt.
He also named Borneo Post Sdn Bhd, the publisher of The Borneo Post daily, for publishing the allegation made by SK Wong as the second respondent.
Dr Ting’s lawyer Wong King Wei said senior lawyer Chong Siew Chiang will be the leading counsel, supported by Alan Ling and he himself as members of the legal team.
KW Wong told reporters that Dr Ting is also looking at the possibilities of suing “other parties” in relation to the publication of the defamatory statement.
“Let the law runs its course,” he said, without naming those on the list to be sued.
KW Wong, through his legal firm, filed the suit this afternoon.
In the statement of claim, KW Wong said Dr Ting is suing SK Wong and the Borneo Post Sdn Bhd in his personal capacity and for his private and professional reputation.
He said SK Wong’s allegation against Dr Ting was made at a press conference on May 15, 2017, in the presence of UPP deputy president Datuk Dr Jerip Susil and UPP Youth head Johnical Rayong and a group of reporters.
He said SK Wong’s allegation published in the Borneo Post newspaper on May 16,2017 on page 5 under the heading “Chong diverting attention from the main issue”.
KW Wong said the exact defamatory words in the story were found in paragraphs 4, 6, 8 and 9, all relating to the allegation of bankruptcy case made against DrTing in Australia.
He said the two respondents will have two weeks to reply to the suit, from the date of receiving the writ of suit.
In his statement of claim, Dr Ting is seeking damages, including aggravated damages for libel, an injunction to restrain SK Wong and the Borneo Post or their servants and agents from further publishing or causing to be published or printing and publishing the defamatory words.
He also wants interest at 5% per annum on the damages awarded from the date of publication till full payment. – dayakdaily.com