KUALA LUMPUR: A group of do-gooders are seeking to sue a man claiming to be an assistant to an Ampang Jaya municipal councillor for defaming their charity work, if he does not apologise within 14 days.
Chen Ang Kee, who has been collecting money for the needy, said the group would proceed with a defamation lawsuit if the man, who alleged she was a con artist, did not apologise within that deadline.
The man, who calls himself Lim HL, put up pictures of Chen on social media and claimed she was a con artist who gambled away donations.
Chen, who works as a tailor, said the man's statements had affected her reputation and volunteer work.
“He claimed I went to Genting and gambled away the money. This is a serious statement. I want him to state the date during which I (allegedly) did such a thing.
“When I go to the market, people will ask me ‘You still dare show your face?’
“Someone said on Facebook that you gamble your donation money’,” she told a press conference at Wisma MCA near here on Monday (June 10).
The 68-year-old first encountered Lim on April 18 at the Ampang morning market when she was collecting donations for charity organisations.
At the time, he told her to put away the brochures. Then in a later encounter, he said she should stop collecting donations while threatening to get people to chase her away.
Meanwhile, Lim also held a press conference on June 3 saying that the reason he wanted to stop her from collecting donations was because she did not have a special permit to do so.
He said those who did this are guilty of violating the House to House and Street Collections Act 1947, and could be fined up to RM5,000 or jailed for two years.
MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said although do-gooders must follow the law, Lim should not have made his defamatory remarks.
“He must come and apologise. Otherwise, this group will be thought of as crooks by the residents there,” he said.
Legal advisor Datuk Theng Book, who was present at the press conference, said Lim should have lodged a complaint with the proper authorities as he did not have the power of enforcement.
“He should also follow the proper procedures,” he said.