FB article attributed to Robert Kuok is false, tycoon to take action against author

PETALING JAYA: An article on social media allegedly penned by billionaire tycoon Robert Kuok (pic) commenting on the country’s leaders and “discriminatory” economic policies is false, and he will take action against the author, his office says.

The article, circulating on Facebook, authored by one Luo Zhengkhai, had defamed the tycoon, the statement read.

"In no uncertain terms, Kuok states that the comments attributed to him in the said article are entirely false.

"At no material time was Kuok interviewed by one Luo Zhengkhai, let alone by any publication going by the name of the ‘English Star News’ or the ‘Malaysian English Star’ as depicted in the said article.

"Kuok states that the following comments are entirely false," the statement said.

The Star has not interviewed Kuok over this matter.

Kuok's office stressed that the tycoon is not associated with the allegations that he was not interested in or had stopped investing in Malaysia because of discriminatory economic policies implemented by the government.

His office also denied that Kuok had claimed the economic policies were “discriminatory towards non-indigenous capital and talent”, and that the leaders of Malaysia are corrupt.

"The said article clearly constitutes a very serious libel. Moreover, the statements attributed to Kuok are utterly false.

"Kuok would also like to place on record that he recognises the contributions made by Malaysians of all creed, race and religion towards the development of Malaysia to date and the continued commitment shared by all Malaysians in ensuring a bright future for the country.

It added that the tycoon held in the highest esteem Malaysian leaders who had done everything they could to contribute to the well-being of the people.

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