I am a target of a proxy suit – Huan

 |Aug 12, 2016
Huan claims that Zenith suit was an attempt to shut his mouth from speaking out for Penangites.
Huan claims that Zenith suit was an attempt to shut his mouth from speaking out for Penangites.

Parti Cinta Malaysia vice president Huan Cheng Guan believes that he was a target of a  defamation suit by proxy slapped on him by Consortium Zenith-BUCG (CZBUCG).

Suggesting that the company may have been used as a patsy by powers-that-be, the former Batu Kawan MP said he was convinced that there were hidden hands pulling the puppet strings behind the proxy suit.

“I am convinced that the proxy suit was initiated by a certain Tokong (deity),” Huan told Malaysia Outlook today, without identifying the ‘Tokong.’

He pointed that the suit was a legal action to zip his mouth for speaking out on behalf of fellow Penangites.

He insisted that anyone who had followed his press statements on various issues over the years would realise that he had regularly questioned the DAP-led state government, not others, for answers.

“So why should I be sued by a private entity? Surely something fishy here.

“A certain Tokong wants to shut my mouth from speaking out on wrongdoings in Penang,” said Huan, reiterating his stance to fight the suit till the end to uphold his constitutional rights to speak up for the people on public interest issues.

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.

He has also regularly spoken out on other controversial issues such as the alleged Taman Manggis and Bungalowgate scandals.

He has recently handed over various documents pertaining to the Bungalowgate scandal to assist Malaysin Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation.

The Bungalowgate scandal is a term coined by critics on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s purchase of a bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn allegedly below market price from a businesswoman Phang Li Khoon.

Guan Eng has already been slapped with two corruption charges pertaining to rezoning of a land in Southwest district and purchase of his bungalow.

He has pleaded not guilty and claimed trial for both charges.

Huan was handed a statement of claim by Zenith’s lawyers on Tuesday.

A Malaysia-China joint venture company, Zenith is also applying for an injunction to prevent him from making any comments on the project.

Zenith said Huan was sued because he had allegedly tarnished the consortium’s reputation, and this allegedly had affected confidence of its financiers.

Huan, who has not been cowed by Zenith’s legal action, plans to file a counter of his own against Zenith and the Penang government for defaming him.

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

“The DAP state government has never given proper answers to many questions raised by many quarters on the prestigious undersea tunnel project,” said Huan.

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