Guan Eng wants apol­ogy over Jere­jak ar­ti­cle

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng wants an English lan­guage daily to pub­lish a re­trac­tion and apol­ogy over a Nov 16 ar­ti­cle on an is­sue in­volv­ing Pu­lau Jere­jak.

He made the de­mand in a Nov 18 no­tice of defama­tion and claimed the ar­ti­cle cast se­vere as­per­sions on his char­ac­ter and rep­u­ta­tion.

Other than the re­trac­tion and apol­ogy, he is also de­mand­ing the pub­li­ca­tion prove the au­then­tic­ity of the ar­ti­cle, the iden­tity of the Pe­nang De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (PDC) sources in the ar­ti­cle, and dam­ages.

Copies of the let­ter of de­mand were distributed at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Pu­lau Jere­jak came un­der the spot­light af­ter PDC sold its 49% stake in Trop­i­cal Is­land Re­sort Sdn Bhd, a 1997 joint ven­ture be­tween PDC and UDA Hold­ings Ber­had, to a sub­sidiary of Ideal Prop­er­ties for RM156 mil­lion this year.

Pe­nang Barisan Na­sional chair­man Teng Chang Yeow had ques­tioned why the stake was sold as he claimed there was a RM220 mil­lion profit guar­an­tee deal on the ta­ble in Dec 2013, but PDC de­nied there was such an of­fer. – by Aaron Ngui

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