Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat on Monday filed a RM500 million suit against Member of Parliament for Bintulu Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing for defaming him.
Ong, who is also MCA president, filed the suit at the High Court registry in Jalan Duta through Messrs Tan, Goh & Associates.
He claimed that Tiong, the executive director of Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB), had issued a defamatory statement about giving him RM10 million, which was published in the Malaysiakini website on Aug 12.
In his statement of claim, he said that the statement was untrue and he wanted Ong to retract it and publish an apology to him in all the major newspapers.
He is also seeking aggravated and exemplary damages and an injunction to restrain Tiong or his agent from further making any defamatory statement against him regarding the issue.
Ong claimed that the statement was made in bad faith and with malice to prevent a fair and correct investigation into the abuse of funds by the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) and Kuala Dimensi’s role in the affair.
Kuala Dimensi is the turnkey contractor for the PKFZ project which is also the subject of a probe by the Public Accounts Committee.
Ong said the statement had tarnished his reputation, image, integrity and good name in the eyes of the public.
He said the accusations in the statement were aimed at damaging his name as a national leader and had put him in public scandal, odium and contempt.
He said that by a letter dated Aug 13, he demanded that Tiong, chairman of the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC)retract the statement and apologise but to date Tiong had refused to do so.
Meanwhile, one of Ong’s counsel, Ronnie Tan Tuan King, said that should Ong win the case, he would donate the sum awarded to charity and to education. — BERNAMA