(Petaling Jaya, Friday): Ekran executive chairman, Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing, said yesterday that he would sue freelance journalist M.G.G. Pillai over his posting on Bakun on the newsgroups on the Internet, which had made the following points:
Berita Harian today reported Ting as saying that he had instructed the Ekran legal adviser, Victor Wong, to study the possibility of asking for RM13.6 billion in damages from M.G.G. Pillai.
If Ting proceeds with his RM13.6 billion defamation suit against Pillai, it would be history in two senses: the first suit in Malaysia for defamation arising from a posting on the Internet and secondly, as being probably the first defamation case in the world with the highest quantum of damages being demanded.
Pillai is already a “millionaire” in being ordered to pay RM2 million in damages in a defamation suit by tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan and now may become a “billionaire” if Ting wins his billion-ringgit defamation suit against him.
While the Malaysian public would be following with interest Ting’s announcement of his intention to sue Pillai for defamation, the people want to know what is happening in the Bakun project.
The Minister for Energy, Telecommunications and Posts, Datuk Leo Moggie, should give a report to Parliament next week on the latest developments on the RM13.6 billion Bakun hydroelectric dam project, with particular reference to the various allegations made by Pillai.