KUCHING, April 3: Santubong MP Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has demanded Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen to withdraw a statement that labelled him (Wan Junaidi) as a hypocrite, or be sued for defamation.
Wan Junaidi said he had instructed his legal representation, Wilfred Yap, to issue Chong with a letter of demand to withdraw the said words and to publish an apology in three newspapers of different languages.
According to a press statement issued by Yap today, the demands include to “unequivocally withdraw all the said words constituting the libel and to publish an apology in one English language newspaper, one Chinese language newspaper and one Bahasa Malaysia language newspaper; provide an undertaking not to publish hereafter the said or any similar allegations; and compensate YB Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Bin Tuanku Jaafar for the serious injury to his reputation and feelings which he has suffered in consequence of your publication of the said words”.
Chong, who is also Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chief and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, has been given until 5pm on April 8, 2019, to respond.
“In the absence of a favourable response, YB Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Bin Tuanku Jaafar shall be constrained to commence legal action for defamation,” said the statement.
It added that the action was taken after Wan Junaidi’s attention was drawn to the news report ‘Chong says MA63 committee reviewing special grants to Sarawak, Sabah’ published in an English local daily on April 1, 2019.
“It was reported in the said Borneo Post news article that Pakatan Harapan chairman YB Chong Chieng Jen has said about or concerning YB Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Bin Tuanku Jaafar that ‘A fair comment to such an act from a person of his standing is that this is hypocrisy of the highest degree’.
“The allegations made by YB Chong Chieng Jen are completely untrue and constituted a grave libel of YB Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Bin Tuanku Jaafar,” said the statement. — DayakDaily