10 Dec 2014

Robert Phang to file RM50 million suit against Ong Tee Keat

Social Care Foundation chairman Tan Sri Robert Phang Miow Sin has sent a notice to Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat to withdraw a defamatory Facebook posting within seven days, or face a RM50 million defamation suit.

This comes a week after the former MCA president filed a RM12 million defamation suit against Phang. In his letter of demand, which was served to Ong and his lawyer's office yesterday through legal firm SN Nair & Partners, Phang said Ong defamed him in June this year through a Facebook posting regarding the latter's absence from Phang's birthday party.

Phang contended that the article, in Chinese, had defamed him, implying that he was unreasonable, immature and unprincipled. It also gave the impression that Phang was not a God-fearing Christian, is of barmy and unsound mind, had a habit of belittling others and losing his temper over trivial matters.

Stressing that the posting was false and uncalled for, Phang said it exposed him to public scorn and hatred, and distorted his public image. Additionally, it has caused him considerable distress and embarrassment.

 He wanted Ong to immediately retract and remove the posting and publish an apology in the newspapers. He also sought an undertaking from Ong not to repeat the same allegations.

Ong has seven days, from yesterday, to reply, failing which he will initiate the suit. Early this month, Ong filed a RM12 million defamation suit against Phang for maliciously injuring his reputation repeatedly in the local Chinese media.

Ong said he decided to go to court after Phang refused to retract his press statements, which contained defamatory remarks, and tender an apology. Ong, who filed the suit at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on December 2, is claiming RM8 million in general damages and another RM4 million in aggravated damages. – December 10, 2014.

Source : http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/robert-phang-to-file-rm50-million-suit-against-ong-tee-keat#sthash.hSNIqlAu.dpuf

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