KUALA LUMPUR: A group of do-gooders are threatening legal action against a man claiming to be an assistant to an Ampang Jaya municipal councillor for defamation 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 the lawsuit if the man, who alleged she was a con artist, did not apologise within the 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.
“When I go to the market, people will ask me ‘You still dare show your face?’
“Someone said on Facebook that I gambled donation money,” she told a press conference at Wisma MCA yesterday.
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
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 were 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 adviser 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.