Ng given seven days to apologise
By Lim How Pim
DAP founding member demands apology and compensation from state PKR chief
Chong, who is also DAP vice-chairman, said he had already issued a legal letter, with the compensation amount stated, to the Padungan assemblyman who allegedly made defamatory statements (undisclosed) during the 12th general election campaign.
“He (Ng) will receive a legal letter from me tomorrow (yesterday). He is required to extend a public apology in a week’s time lest I file a legal suit against him.
“He also has to pay compensation, which is stated in the legal letter. Let me make this clear, I have never failed any defamation case so far,” he said during a DAP’s appreciation dinner thrown for the party’s supporters at a restaurant here on Thursday.
Chong added: “Dominique Ng has made defamatory statements during the election campaign and it is not up to him to say it (what he said) is not defamation. He has to apologise in one week or I shall see him in court.”
He claimed that Ng who, before parliamentary election, promised to support DAP’s Sarikei candidate Wong Hua Seh had instead backed an independent candidate Kung Chin Chin.
Ding Kuong Hiing of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), who garnered 10,588 votes, beat Wong (10,537 votes), Kung (545 votes) and two other independent candidates, namely Lau Kian Chai (116 votes) and Ngu Tieng Hai (105 votes).
“The loss in Sarikei is not convincing to DAP, particularly with a majority of only 51 votes. PKR did not field any candidate and yet they messed up there.”
Chong also revealed that the party’s legal committee had decided to file a suit against the Election Commission (EC) as it believed that something had gone wrong during vote-counting.
Pointing out that “every vote counts”, he said all constituents must be accountable for who they voted as they were given the chance to elect a good government.
DAP treasurer Voon Lee Shan dismissed rumours that splits had occurred within the party, saying: “There is only one rocket (DAP), and we do not want to be the opposition forever.
“We do not have camp A and camp B like the other political parties. There is no split in the rocket and it is our vision, not just dream to be the ruling government,” he said.
Voon, who is also Batu Lintang assemblyman, asserted that party supporters must work closely to win more seats in the next state election, adding that DAP would contest in at least 18 state constituencies.
Re-elected MP for Bandar Kuching Chong Chieng Jen thanked supporters who returned him with an even bigger majority.
Chieng Jen, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman and DAP secretary, called on members to get three extra persons each to join DAP this year to strengthen the party.
“We really need more members as it is evident that we lacked manpower in the just concluded parliamentary election,” he said.
DAP founder Ling Guan Sing and Pending assemblywoman cum DAP women affairs committee member Violet Yong also spoke at the event.
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