by BERNAMA/ pic by TMR FILE
FORMER Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (picture) has obtained a judgment in default against blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin in a defamation suit over allegation of corruption in the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.
Lim’s counsel, Kok Yuen Lin told reporters that High Court judicial commissioner Datin Rohani Ismail made the ruling in chambers as the blogger did not contest the suit.
The court will assess the quantum of damages to be awarded to Lim later, she added.
Lim filed the suit on Sept 6 last year over a series of “From the MACC Files” articles, in both English and Bahasa Malaysia versions, carried on Raja Petra’s online news portal, ‘Malaysia Today, between Feb 24 to March 15, 2019.
The purported defamatory articles are with regards to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation into the issue of alleged corruption in the infrastructure project.
Lim had sought exemplary damages on grounds that Raja Petra had profited from the huge volume of readership on all the articles.
He had also among others sought a front-page apology, and an injunction to prevent the blogger from repeating his allegations.
The DAP secretary-general filed an application for a judgment in default after Raja Petra failed to respond to the notice of the suit that Lim placed in three newspapers this year.
Lim had also attempted to serve the writ and statement of claim to Raja Petra by personal service at the blogger’s last known address which obtained from the National Registration Department and the Election Commission, but was unsuccessful.