Huan unfazed by Zenith’s suit

 |Aug 12, 2016
Not been cowed by Zenith's suit, PCM veep Huan Cheng Guan vows to speak up for Penangites.
Not been cowed by Zenith’s suit, PCM veep Huan Cheng Guan vows to speak up for Penangites.

Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Huan Cheng Guan unfazed by the defamation suit filed against him Consortium Zenith-BUCG (CZBUCG).

Pointing out that it was a legal action to zip his mouth from voicing out on perceived wrongdoings in Penang, the vocal PCM leader vowed to challenge the suit until the end of legal process,  even if it took him up to the Federal Court to win his case.

“I will fight the suit till the end to uphold his constitutional rights to speak up for the people on public interest issues.

“CZBUCG wants to shut me up from speaking about them and the Penang tunnel project via a court injunction.

“How can they try to shut me up on commenting anything at all or asking questions about a project funded by billions in state land owned by the Penang government?

“Very funny indeed. This is not your father’s land,” said Huan in his statement uploaded on his Facebook page.

Many netizens have shown strong support to the popular and vocal Penang-based politician stance to fight against Zenith’s suit till the end.

Huan has been a vocal critic against the DAP-led Penang government on various issues, including the proposed undersea tunnel across the northern Penang Channel to be built by Zenith.

Huan was handed a statement of claim by Zenith’s lawyers on Tuesday. Zenith is also applying for an injunction to prevent him from making any comments on the project.

A Malaysia-China joint venture company, Zenith said Huan was sued because he had allegedly tarnished the consortium’s reputation, and this allegedly had affected confidence of its financiers.

Zenith has claimed that the company had always been transparent in publicly explaining all issues pertaining to the projects for past three years.

However, it is learnt that Huan, who has not been cowed by Zenith’s legal action, may retaliate with full force against the suit by filing a counter suit of his own against Zenith and the Penang government for defaming him.

He is learnt to have instructed his lawyer to look into it.

Huan with his supporters when lodging a report in Prai recently.
Huan with his supporters when lodging a police report in Prai recently.

He said Zenith’s defamation suit does not scare him a bit neither it would deter him from voicing out against wrongdoings in his home state.

He said the suit showed the Penang government did not walk its talk on freedom of expression and speech.

He noted that the state government had never given proper answers to many questions raised by many quarters on the prestigious undersea tunnel project.

He cited that a recent debate between state executive councillor Lim Hock Seng and Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng also failed to provide proper answers from the DAP-dominated state government.

Meanwhile Huan called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to put some light on its probe into documents pertaining to the undersea tunnel that were surrendered to the anti-graft agency a few months ago.

The state government had claimed that Zenith won an ‘open tender’ to build an undersea tunnel connecting Bagan Jermal in George Town on the island and Bagan Ajam in Butterworth on the mainland, and three other by-pass highways worth RM6.3 billion.

“I will continue to speak up for the people despite the suit,” insisted Huan.

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Athi Shankar has been a journalist for past 30 years. He believes that democratic rights come with responsibility.