KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Michael Chong has rubbished allegations that he had received RM2mil to settle an assault case involving fugitive businessman Nicky Liow.
An online blog had claimed on Twitter that Chong had received the sum through his lawyer to settle a case where Liow was accused of assaulting Rela personnel in 2017.
"This is not true. It is is a blatant lie.
"Whoever is behind this blog is seeking to harm my reputation," the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head told a press conference at Wisma MCA on Friday (Oct 8).
Chong said he would not hesitate to take legal actions against the blog owner if the latter can be identified.
"I challenge the blog owner or writer to come forward.
"The individual or individuals behind this blog are nothing but cowards for making such baseless allegations," he added.
Chong said, the blog owner, who also claimed to have proof of the RM2mil payment, should not be afraid to come forward.
"As for me, I have nothing to hide. I know that I did not do the things that the blog alleged," he said.
Recalling the assault case, Chong said three lawyers held a watching brief on behalf of Rela during Liow's trial.
"The lawyers were Datuk Michael Wong, P.Y. Leong and James Ee.
"These lawyers would not have any jurisdiction to determine the course of the case," he added.
Chong also urged Liow to come back and face the law.
"Personally, I believe he should come back home," he said.
Meanwhile, Chong's lawyer Datuk Theng Book hoped the authorities would look into taking action against the blog.
"The blog has defamed other public figures as well.
"We hope the public will not believe such unverified news. We believe this blog owner or writer has a personal agenda," he said.
The online blog had posted on Twitter that Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay would not relent against pressures to free the Nicky Gang.
It also posted that among others that should be detained under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) were Chong, Uncle Kentang (Kuan Chee Heng) and Datuk Rajpal Singh.
The blog also claimed that it had proof that Liow had paid Chong RM2mil to settle assault case.
In 2017, Liow was detained for allegedly assaulting three Rela personnel outside a temple in Kampung Baru Ampang.
He was said to had lost his cool and beat them due to perceived lack of respect shown by them.
Footage of the 6.30am incident, which went viral, attracted high public interest.
Earlier this year, several dozens members of the Nicky Gang were detained along with enforcement officers under his payroll in major swoops.
Liow is believed to be in hiding and wanted by the police for alleged money laundering activities and involvement in an organised crime syndicate.
The Pahang Palace has also stripped Liow of the Darjah Kebesaran Darjah Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP) which carries the Datuk Seri title.