PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik will not back down from his call for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to step down, and is ready defend himself in court.
"I say to the Prime Minister, if you choose to sue me, I will defend myself. In all humility, I accept your challenge.
"I look forward to seeing the Prime Minister take the witness stand, as no doubt he would do if he says his reputation is at stake," he said in a press statement Wednesday.
"I want to reiterate that I stand by what I said. I will not apologise," said the former MCA president.
In his statement, Ling said that he was surprised to receive Najib's letter of demand, which accused him of defamation.
On Saturday, Ling openly called for Najib to step down as Prime Minister, saying he agreed with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's calls for his resignation.
Ling also said that he attended the Bersih demonstration in Perth, Australia and was in support of a vote of no-confidence against Najib.
In response, Najib sent a letter of demand to Ling, asking for a retraction and apology within seven days over Ling's statement relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
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