Tiong sues TI Malaysia

(Malaysian Mirror) – Bintulu parliamentarian Tiong King Sing has filed a defamation suit against Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president Paul Low over a report on corruption in Malaysia.

Low, who launched Transparency International Global Corruption Report 2009 about two months ago, had said that the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal was a major issue of concern in Malaysia.

Kuala Dimensi, a company aligned with Tiong, is embroiled in the multi-billion ringgit PKFZ scandal.

Notice sent yesterday

It is understood that the anti-corruption watchdog received notice of the suit yesterday.

TI-M had earlier responded to the letter of demand from Tiong saying that the organisation was not sure how Low had defamed the tycoon-cum-MP.

Kuala Dimensi had been in the limelight for the wrong reasons in recent months after it had been identified as a cause for the cost of the PKFZ project to balloon from RM2.5 billion up to RM4.6 billion, and eventually hitting a possibly staggering RM12 billion.

Kuala Dimensi was the turnkey developer for the project for PKFZ which hopes to become a hub for the transfer of goods to ships and was built on 405 hectares of land.

The building complex included warehouses, office blocks and a four-star hotel.