BUTTERWORTH: State Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid has filed a defamation suit against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for publicly calling her a “racist grandmother” at the state legislative assembly.
She is also seeking an injunction to prevent Lim, who is the DAP secretary-general, and his agents from further repeating the remark.
Jahara, who is the Tasek Gelugor Wanita Umno chief and Teluk Air Tawar assemblyman, said the suit was filed at the Penang High Court here yesterday morning. In her claim, she said Lim had made the defamatory remark on Dec 9, last year, during a press conference after the state assembly sitting.
She is seeking general damages, aggravated damages, costs, interest and further relief.
“I want to seek justice. The term ‘racist’ tarnished my image and credibility as the people’s representative, as our society is multi-racial,” she told a press conference at her service centre in Jalan Teluk Air Tawar here.
Jahara said Lim had retracted the word “grandmother” but maintained his statement about her being “racist”. She is represented by counsel Datuk Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos.
Jahaberdeen said the primary purpose of filing the suit was to demand an honest and sincere apology to restore his client’s reputation.
He said the writ of summons and claim is expected to be served on Lim this week, and Lim then has eight days to enter an appearance and 14 days to file his defence. Asked for his response at a separate press conference yesterday, Lim said he would respond to the matter today.