GEORGE TOWN, Jun 11 – The High Court here today fixed June 29 for a decision on the application by Penang Barisan Nasional chief Teng Chang Yeow to strike out a defamation suit ágainst him filed by former chief minister Lim Guan Eng over an article on Pulau Jerejak.
Judge Datuk Rosilah Yop set the date during the case management in chambers today. Teng and Lim were not present at today’s proceeding. Counsel Kek Boon Wei represented Teng, while lawyers Datuk N. Mureli and Felix Lim appeared for Lim.
Teng filed the application to strike out the defamation suit on April 16. In April last year, Lim filed the suit naming Teng, who is also Penang Gerakan chairman, Star Media Group Berhad news editor David Tan and journalist Crystal Chiam Shiying as defendants.
In his statement of claim, Lim claimed that Teng had given the permission and/or caused the defamatory and false statements to be written and published in the newspaper and its website through the second, third and fourth defendants.
He claimed that the third and fourth defendants had maliciously published a defamatory and false statement in an article titled “Pulau Jerejak land sale questioned” dated Nov 16, 2016, which referred to the plaintiff (Lim). Lim is seeking general, exemplary and aggravated damages, interest, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court. — Bernama