By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, May 8: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Stakan branch chairman Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok is ready to go to court should Democratic Action Party (DAP) politician Violet Yong Wui Wui decide to file a lawsuit against him.
He was referring to a letter of demand served to him from the Chong Brothers Advocates firm yesterday (May 7), demanding for an apology to be made in several platforms with regards to his Facebook post dated April 29, 2021.
“For the information of the public and our supporters, the posting I had made originated from a posting made by a person named Emma Leong on the Telegram app.
“Upon stumbling on the said posting, I had felt that the question being asked by Emma Leong was a legitimate question. I had then copied and reposted the graphics on my Facebook page which is the alleged offending post.
“I state here that there were many other posts with the exact same graphics made by netizens on various online platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp so the question here is: why me?
“It is obvious that this is more of a political ploy to silence the people and I believe that in a democratic country, there is no crime in asking a question,” he told a press conference at SUPP headquarters in Jalan Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui here today.
Sim further said he had consulted his legal advisors and the party’s legal advisors upon receiving the letter of demand.
“Following that, I am here to announce that I will be facing this matter head on and should we have to go to court, all I want to say here is ‘see you in court’.
“I shall not be intimidated and I will continue to raise matters which I feel is of public interests particularly on matters that touches the Sarawakian people,” he added.
Yesterday, Special assistant to State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Michael Kong Feng Nian, in a statement had announced that Violet Yong demanded Sim to apologise for labelling the former as a ‘Sarawak traitor’ in his Facebook post dated April 29.
In the letter of demand, Violet Yong sought a full and complete withdrawal of the defamatory words, with an apology in terms to be approved by her in one English language newspaper, one Chinese language newspaper, Sim Kiang Chiok’s Facebook page and also SUPP’s Facebook page.
She further demanded Sim’s written assurance and undertaking not to further publish the said publication or any similar statement concerning her and compensation of a reasonable sum acceptable to her as damages.
She also requested Sim to indemnify her in respect of the costs which she will have incurred in this matter. — DayakDaily