‘Suit shows reporters rising up against Guan Eng’
GEORGE TOWN: The defamation suit by a senior journalist against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is seen as an uprising by journalists, after being constantly attacked by Lim.
Parti Cinta Malaysia vicepresident Datuk Huan Cheng Guan said the suit was testament to the fact that journalists were fed up with
Lim’s abusive ways with the media.
“Lim is always talking bad about journalists and media organisations that do not write flattering stories about him.
“He called them names and labelled them as liars.
“This is an attack on freedom of press and journalists as humans,” Huan said here yesterday.
It was reported that senior journalist Ong Beng Siang, 40, from Guang Ming Daily, had filed a defamation suit against Lim on Friday, over an alleged slanderous Facebook posting by the DAP secretary-general.
Ong had alleged that the posting was malicious and aimed at tarnishing his reputation and good name as a journalist in the eyes of the public.
In his posting, Lim had said that he knew of the existence of a journalist out to paint the state government in a bad light.
He had posted that if the journalist wanted to overthrow the state government, he should use facts and not publish baseless reports.
The posting followed an article written by Ong.
Lim had also earned the ire of Malacca Journalist Association (MJA) last week for claiming that the media had exaggerated that 182 DAP members had resigned here recently.
MJA chairman Choong Kion Sin said the journalists felt Lim’s statement disrespected the media’s professional conduct and its freedom.
Datuk Huan Cheng Guan