Ng: Apologise or I’ll sue

The Komtar rep claims that two lawyers have made defamatory statements against him and is demanding an apology.

(FMT) – DAP’s Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik has given 24 hours to two lawyers to retract and apologise for their alleged defamatory statements made against him.

Failing which, Ng warned that he would sue lawyers Khoo Chye Beng and Baljit Singh for libel.

Ng, who is also Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary, would issue notices of demand to both lawyers by 5pm today demanding a sum of damages to be agreed upon.

In the letter of demand issued by his lawyer R Nethaji Rayer & Co, Ng accused both lawyers of making defamatory, slanderous, offensive and inflammatory remarks against him.

Speaking to reporters at his constituency service centre here today, Ng said the statements were published in online news portals, including FMT.

Ng claimed that he had been gravely disparaged and injured in character and reputation by the statements.

He also claimed to have been brought to public scandal, odium and contempt, and as a consequence, suffered loss and damages.

The letter demanded the lawyers to retract and apologise for their statements within 24 hours and publish it.

Baljit: It’s a political trend

In an immediate response, Baljit said he had no qualms with Ng’s suit as he had every right to sue anyone.

He was also not shocked by Ng’s legal threat given that it had become a political trend since the 2008 general election.

“It’s now a glamour trend to sue to stay politically relevant,” he said, not ruling out the possibility of counter-suing Ng.

Like Baljit, Khoo would not apologise or retract his statements. In fact, he is contemplating counter-suing Ng.

“If I apologise, it’s as if I have committed a wrong,” Khoo said, adding that he was looking forward to or Ng’s suit.

The controversy erupted after Ng wrote an official letter on May 22, 2012 compelling Khoo not to discharge himself from acting on behalf of his client, namely Tan Eng Hai, on a vacant possession case.

Khoo obtained a court order to discharge himself on May 24.