7 May 2019
GEORGE TOWN, May 6 — Former Penang Gerakan chief Teng Chang Yeow retracted his statements about Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in a consent judgment at the High Court here today.
Teng read out his statement of retraction for comments he made on January 16 and 18 last year, which were published in the New Straits Times and Berita Harian.
“I hereby unconditionally and unreservedly retract the impugned statements that I made in the press conference convened on January 16 and 18 in 2018 respectively which were later published,” he read out before Justice Datuk Rosilah Yop, Lim and lawyers from both sides.
The offending remarks had been printed on January 17, 2018 edition of the NST in an article titled Come clean on payments, Penang urged.
Additional statements he retracted were from articles published in Berita Harian on January 17 last year titled Pulau Pinang sembunyi fakta bayaran and in the NST on January 19 last year titled Penang BN claims CM lied over 4 issues.
“I regret the hardship and difficulties caused to Lim Guan Eng due to the publication of the above,” he said.
Counsel for Lim, Simon Murali, said Teng agreed to voluntarily and unconditionally retract the statements.
“After reading out the retraction, both the plaintiff and defendant will not have any other claims against each other in future with regards to this case,” he said.
No judgment was issued with regards to costs.
Lim had filed the defamation suit against Teng over the latter’s allegations over the undersea tunnel project.
Later outside the courtroom, Lim said this retraction showed that all accusations regarding Penang’s undersea tunnel project were false.
“This showed that these accusations about the undersea tunnel project were not true and lies to smear my image and that of the state government,” he said.
The allegations made in the news articles were against Lim when he was the Penang chief minister.
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GEORGE TOWN: Former Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow retracted his statements deemed defamatory to DAP’s Lim Guan Eng at the High Court here today.
This was part of a consent judgment reached between the parties over a defamation suit brought by Lim against Teng regarding three news reports in the New Straits Times (NST) and Berita Harian (BH) on Jan 17 and 19 last year.
“I regret the hardship and difficulties caused to YB Lim Guan Eng due to the publication of the above news articles.
“I hereby unconditionally and unreservedly retract the impugned statements that I made in a press conference convened on Jan 16 and Jan 18 of 2018,” Teng said before justice Rosilah Yop.
No order was made as to costs.
Last September, New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd (NSTP), the publisher of the NST and BH newspapers, reached a consent judgment in a separate defamation suit brought by Lim.
NSTP paid RM130,000 in damages and published an apology in NST over the articles in question.
On March 13 last year, Lim sued Teng separately over his statements concerning the payments made to the company that won the bid for the Penang undersea tunnel and three main roads project.
Teng, in three articles published in NST and BH on Jan 17 and Jan 19, 2018, implied that Lim had lied about “not paying a single sen” to the contractors when in reality, Teng claimed, payments had been made.
The first article was published in NST with the headline “Come clean on payments, Penang urged”. It was followed by a BH article titled “Pulau Pinang sembunyi fakta bayaran”. Both articles were published on Jan 17. The third article, dated Jan 19, was published in NST with the headline “Penang BN claims CM lied over 4 issues”.
This concerned a RM11.2 million fee paid by the Penang government to engineering firm HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd as independent checking engineers for the tunnel and roads project.
Lim, in his statement of claim, said Teng’s statements gave the people the impression that he had lied about a matter of public interest and abused his power.
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