High Court sets Feb 22 for Guan Eng to testify over damages in defamation suit against Raja Petra

(Bernama) – Former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng will testify in the High Court here on February 22 next year in the proceeding to assess the damages in his defamation suit against blogger Raja Petra Bin Raja Kamarudin over allegation of corruption in the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.

Lim’s lawyer, Simon Murali, said the hearing would be before judge Datin Rohani Ismail.

“The new hearing date was set today during a proceeding via e-review by deputy registrar Dalwinder Singh. Lim will testify as a witness on that day,” he said when contacted through the Whatsapp application.

On February 28 this year, Lim, who is also former Penang Chief Minister, obtained a judgment in default against Raja Petra as the blogger did not contest the suit.

Lim filed the suit on September 6 last year over a series of “From the MACC Files” articles, in both English and Bahasa Malaysia versions, carried on Raja Petra’s online news portal, ‘Malaysia Today, between February 24 to March 15, 2019.

READ HERE: MACC Files Police Report On Raja Petra’s Penang Tunnel Claims

The purported defamatory articles are with regards to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation into the issue of alleged corruption in the infrastructure project.

Lim had sought exemplary damages on grounds that Raja Petra had profited from the huge volume of readership on all the articles.

He had also, among others, sought a front-page apology, and an injunction to prevent the blogger from repeating his allegations.

The DAP secretary-general filed an application for a judgment in default after Raja Petra failed to respond to the notice of the suit that Lim placed in three newspapers this year.

Lim had also attempted to serve the writ and statement of claim to Raja Petra by personal service at the blogger’s last known address which was obtained from the National Registration Department and the Election Commission but was unsuccessful.

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2. FROM THE MACC FILES Part 2: How the Penang Undersea Tunnel deal with Guan Eng started

3. FROM THE MACC FILES Part 3: Nazri played a leading role in the Penang Undersea Tunnel deal

4. FROM THE MACC FILES Part 4: The Names Of The Others Who Received Bribes For The Penang Undersea Tunnel

5. FROM THE MACC FILES Part 5: Zarul Paid A RM22 Million Bribe To Close The Investigation On The Penang Undersea Tunnel

6. FROM THE MACC FILES Part 6: When And How Much Bribes Were Paid To Guan Eng

7. FROM THE MACC FILES Part 7: Zarul Says He Also Paid Nazri Aziz RM500,000

8. FROM THE MACC FILES Part 8: RM22 Million In Bribes To Get The MACC To NFA The Penang Undersea Tunnel Investigation

9. FROM THE MACC FILES Part 9: Guan Eng Owns 10% Of The Penang Undersea Tunnel Land-Swap Deal

10. FROM THE MACC FILES Part 10: Details Of The RM19 Million Bribe To Close The MACC Investigation Into The Penang Undersea Tunnel Corruption