14 June 2019
KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — MonSpace (M) Sdn Bhd founder Datuk Seri Jessy Lai today sued Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng over his alleged defamatory remarks in relation to the firm being involved in an investment scheme that has failed to pay returns as promised to its investors.
Earlier, at the High Court, Lai’s lawyer Andy Yong said his client was seeking damages and compensation from Lim for damaging her reputation, as well as an injunction to stop Lim from publishing the remarks in whatever manner deemed defamatory to her.
Meanwhile, Lai explained that the suit against Lim followed after the latter made numerous alleged defamatory remarks against her previously, including making false accusations by antagonising the company during a May 23, 2017 visit.
She explained that despite Lim’s disapproving remarks, she had embraced them positively and the lawsuit only came about due to the gravity of the situation as Lim’s accusations had caused prejudice among investors.
According to the statement of claim for the suit which Malay Mail obtained, Lai is seeking to claim general and aggravated damages for over 15 allegedly defamatory remarks made by Lim in five media publications between 2017 and 2018.
In the lawsuit, Lai had accused Lim of making allegedly defamatory remarks against the company and her by speaking to the media to purportedly severely disparage their reputation and image in the eyes of the public during a visit to MonSpace’s headquarters in Bukit Jalil on May 23.
Lim, Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew and 19 Chinese nationals, who claimed they were victims of the MonSpace investment scheme, had gone to the headquarters of the multinational company to demand a refund or at least an explanation as to why their investment had not materialised.
She claimed that Lim’s remarks implied she was running an illegal business, cheated its Chinese investors, dishonest and untruthful and not law-abiding.
The lawsuit today was filed against Lim in both her personal capacity as well as in the company’s official capacity.
The High Court set June 26 for case management.
MonSpace owner sues MP over alleged illegal business claim
PETALING JAYA: The founder of an e-commerce firm has filed a lawsuit against Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng over alleged defamatory statements the DAP representative made against her and her company two years ago.
Businesswoman Jessy Lai claimed Lim had tarnished her reputation and that of her company MonSpace (M) Sdn Bhd by making statements that she was running an illegal business and had cheated Chinese investors.
She said the MP’s statements, published in the English and Chinese media, had implied that she was a dishonest person.
Lai said Lim had made the statements in May 2017 and November 2018 when he took a group of individuals, purportedly MonSpace’s investors, to her office and subsequently lodged police reports against her.
“My lawyers previously sent a letter of demand, asking him to apologise but he refused to do so,” Lai said in her suit.
She claimed that Lim’s statements had stirred up pressure from the authorities such as the police, Bank Negara Malaysia and the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry to take action against her.
“His actions led to me being prosecuted in court on May 8 under the Direct Sales and Pyramid Scheme Act,” she said.
Lai is seeking an unspecified amount of general, aggravated, and specific damages from Lim.
She is also seeking an injunction to stop Lim from publishing further defamatory remarks against her.
Lawyer Andy Yong, representing Lai, said the High Court here had fixed June 26 for case mention.
Lai and her company made headlines in 2016 when an airlines group linked to them was found operating a commercial flight without a valid air service permit. The group was later fined RM380,000 after pleading guilty to the offence.
More than 70 Chinese nationals had lodged police reports on a “misleading” investment scheme run by MonSpace then. DAP MPs at the time had voiced concern over MonSpace and the supposed scheme.
Lai previously said 16 of her company’s premises had been raided by the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry.
25 May 2017
Company sends demand letter to MP, wants apology over his claims
Thursday, 25 May 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Multi-level marketing company Monspace is fighting back allegation of illegality by issuing a legal demand to its accuser.
Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Mon Space (M) Sdn Bhd CEO Datuk Seri Jessy Lai have demanded that DAP’s Lim Lip Eng apologise over statements he allegedly made about them at a press conference recently.
In a letter of demand yesterday from Messrs Shafee & Co, Musa, who is the Monspace Net Inc president, and Lai want Lim to make a full and complete withdrawal and apology, and a public statement within seven days.
Lim allegedly made the statements at a press conference on May 13, where he was said to have insinuated that Musa and the company had been bribing or paying protection money to various government institutions such as Bank Negara and the police.
The statements were allegedly made in Mandarin and published in the GuangMing Daily newspaper website.
“Our clients, being a renowned multinational corporation, and individuals have suffered injury to their image and reputation, especially among their customers and the public as a result of the defamatory statements made by you,” said the letter of demand by Monspace.
Lim, the Segambut MP, was also required to give his written assurance and undertaking that he would not further publish his statements or any similar articles concerning Musa, Lai and Monspace, or he would face legal action.
On Monday, 19 Chinese nationals lodged reports at the Dang Wangi police station against Lai, claiming that they lost hundreds of thousands of ringgit by investing in the scheme by Monspace last year.
They claimed to have lost between 100,000 and 700,000 yuan (RM62,536 and RM437,754).
Yesterday, Lim accompanied the 19 to Monspace Sdn Bhd’s office in Bukit Jalil to demand a refund or an explanation about what happened to their investments.
Monspace supporters, who were at the office, booed and jeered at them. Some of the supporters also shouted at the group. They only quietened when Lai arrived.
Lim told Lai to provide proof that her company was not an illegal financial scheme operator.
Lai replied that the company was legitimate and registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia.
She acknowledged that the company was on Bank Negara Malaysia’s updated Financial Consumer Alert list, but stressed it was not blacklisted.
Lai said Monspace was involved in online marketing.
When contacted, Lim said: “I haven’t actually seen the letter, I can only just confirm that I have received the letter. My lawyers will deal with the letter of demand.”