DAP wants to sue media over Islamic issue

(Bernama) – The DAP is suing the media over alleged libelous reports on statements on Islam purportedly made by certain DAP leaders which have caused tension among the people.

Its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said legal action would be taken against several media companies over the reports, particularly Utusan Malaysia.    

"I have asked the DAP leaders concerned to take immediate action against the media responsible.

"The media claimed that we have insulted Islam, but the party leaders have never ridiculed any religion, including Islam," he told a press conference, here, today.

Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister, said the DAP respected all religions in the country and hoped the issue would not be prolonged.

"We don't want to prolong the issue, lest we get more defamatory statements against the party. If that happens, we will meet in court," he said without specifying the number of lawsuits to be filed by the party.

Lim said the party was not afraid of police investigation into the matter as they believed they were on the side of truth.

"What do we have to worry about? We did not issue statements insulting any religion. The police can investigate us," he said.

Meanwhile, he said, the state government had managed to reduce the cost of managing solid waste by about RM33 million for the next three years.

He said the large amount of savings was because they had set a new rate for the contractor involved.