SIBU: Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh is leaving it to his lawyers to handle the defamation suit filed against him by Pujut assemblyman Dr. Ting Tiong Choon.
Met by pressmen here today, Soon Koh told that the statement alleging Dr. Ting is a bankrupt was never from him.
“I never said it was from me. I quoted from my findings with the insolvency office of the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA),”he said without elaborating further.
Dr Ting the 52 year-old DAP assemblyman filed the defamation suit at the Kuching High Court in Kuching yesterday, naming Soon Koh as first defendant and a local English daily The Borneo Post Sdn Bhd as the second defendant.
In a press conference in Kuching yesterday, Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei who acted as Dr. Ting’s lawyer said the statement had embarrassed the assemblyman.
Dr. Ting sought general damages including aggravated damages, interest, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.
He also sought an injunction to prevent Soon Koh and his servants or agents as well as The Borneo Post by itself, its directors, agents or servants, from further publishing the said words or any similar words.
The medical practitioner was disqualified by Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Sitting after a vote on a ministerial motion moved against him on the grounds that he had allegedly hold dual citizenship on May 12.
A total of 70 state assemblymen voted in favour of the motion, tabled during state assembly sitting, which subsequently led to Dr Ting’s disqualification.
Dr Ting then filed an originating summon to challenge his disqualification as the Pujut elected representative and restore his position in the August House.
The High Court last month allowed Dr Ting’s origination summon and reinstated his position as the Pujut assemblyman. – dayakdaily.com