Lim wins defamation suit against RPK over tunnel allegations

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has won a defamation suit against blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin over his articles on allegations of corruption in an undersea tunnel project by the state government.

Lim’s lawyer Kok Yuen Lin told the press that High Court judge Justice Rohani Ismail had granted the DAP secretary-general a judgment in default against Raja Petra because the blogger, also known as RPK, did not contest the suit.

“The court will assess the quantum of damages later, ” she said.

The proceedings took place in the judge’s chambers here yesterday.

On Sept 6 last year, Lim filed the suit for damages, a front-page apology and an injunction to prevent Raja Petra from repeating his allegations, which were contained in a series of articles entitled “From the MACC Files”.

The articles were published on Raja Petra’s Malaysia Today website in February and March 2019.

Raja Petra alleged that there had been “criminal collaboration” between the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Pakatan Harapan leaders to cover up corruption involving the Penang undersea tunnel.

He further alleged that bribes had been paid to Lim and other Pakatan leaders.

In a statement of claim, Lim sought exemplary damages on grounds that Raja Petra had profited from a huge volume of readership on all the articles.

Lim, who was the Finance Minister until the recent political impasse, attempted to serve the writ and statement of claim to Raja Petra by personal service at his last known address obtained from the National Registration Department and the Election Commission.

He applied to the court for substitute service where he placed a notice of the suit in three newspapers after an unsuccessful attempt to serve Raja Petra. He failed to respond to the notice by Feb 10 to contest the suit, and Lim filed for a judgment in default.

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