School threatens defamation suit against Subang Jaya councillor


MPSJ councillor Pooi Weng Keong (second from right), Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah (second from left) and Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han (left) during the press conference in the Seri kembangan service centre

SUBANG Jaya councillor Pooi Weng Keong hopes the school authorities at SJK (C) Kung Man in Serdang Lama can work together with him to resolve the flood issues at the school instead of taking the case to court.

Pooi received a letter of demand from the school’s board of directors (BoD) on June 28 asking for an apology. 

He said the letter claimed that he had made defamatory statements against the board in four Chinese dailies over flooding issues in the school on March 30.

There are five remarks highlighted in the letter said Pooi.

“There is no specific information about the newspapers, so I am still gathering information on it. I have handed over the letter to my lawyers for further action.

"However, I hope they can retract the letter and hope we can work together to resolve the flood issues in the school instead of fighting for this in court,” he said.
 
Pooi said he was surprised to receive the letter especially since he, the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), several BoD members, as well as the school’s Parent Teachers Association, had gone on a site visit in April.

“I thought all was well and the misconceptions had been cleared and forgotten. However, now after two months, I received this letter,” he said during a press conference in Seri Kembangan.

Also present were Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, as well as Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han

Ean Yong said it was not necessary for the BoD to issue a legal letter especially since it would incur costs for the school.

Ng meanwhile said the BODs should focus on the betterment of the school instead of issuing such letters.

In March, the school board of directors called on the state government to resolve a seven-year flood problem that had plagued the school and caused heavy damages to school property.

MPSJ replied that it had upgraded the drains outside the school in early 2015. However, a check in January this year revealed several other factors for the continued floods.

Among the factors was the fact that the drains in the school could not cope with the water volume during a downpour, not to mention there were insufficient outlets for water to flow out of the school.

Later in May, MPSJ – through Pooi – announced two long-term and short-term flood mitigation plans, including the upgrading of the drainage outside the school as well as the construction of a retention pond.
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