Guang Eng (left) and Nasrudin Hassan.
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will proceed with legal action against a PAS leader for allegedly making defamatory comments against him.
On Thursday, Lim had given Temerloh MP Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi 24 hours to apologise for statements made a day before but the PAS central committee member failed to do so.
"Nasrudin had not only not apologised but had posted another defamatory statement," Lim said.
In a statement defending embattled Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim over the handling of the Kidex deal, Nasrudin had blamed Pakatan Rakyat for practicing double standards.
Nasrudin had said it was unfair for the Kinrara-Damansara expressway (Kidex) to have received that much of scrutiny as it was in fact a project initiated by the Federal Government unlike the Subsea Penang tunnel project which was directly under the purview of the Penang Government.
The DAP secretary-general said he was shocked by the unprovoked attack launched by Nasrudin with regards to the finances of the Penang state government and the award of contracts in regards to the tunnel project.
"My lawyers will proceed with the legal action for defamation against Nasrudin for spreading blatant slander and lies against me and the Penang state government,” he said.
On Friday, the unapologetic Nasrudin said his statement was based on public data collected.
"Therefore, Lim’s claim that I had defamed and lied has no basis whatsoever,” he said in a Facebook posting.