Zainal Abidin (second from left) is suing Guan Eng.
KUALA LUMPUR: Penang Umno chief Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman has filed a defamation suit against the state's DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for statements linking the former with street demonstrations and attempted arson of the DAP headquarters.
Zainal Abidin, 51, filed the RM30-million suit in his personal capacity at the civil high court through Messrs Jahaberdeen & Co here today.
He named Lim, who is DAP secretary-general, the owners and publishers of online news portal Keadilan Daily and Suara Keadilan daily, namely Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Segmen Fleksibel Sdn. Bhd. respectively, and chief editor Fazallah Pit as defendants.
In his statement of claim the plaintiff alleged that Lim had emailed a press statement to Keadilan Daily which was published the same day and which later appeared on July 5 in Suara Keadilan.
Lim's statement had implied he was behind attempts to overthrow the chief minister and also the street demonstrations in Komtar and Penang Bridge on July 1, claimed Zainal Abidin.
He said Lim on Aug 18 had also made a slanderous statement before some reporters which was published by the Malaysian Insider news portal the same day, implying that the plaintiff had planned to sabotage the DAP office and was involved in the arson attempt.
Zainal Abidin said the statement has tarnished his reputation and jeorpadised Umno's trust in him.
The plaintiff wants RM30 million plus interest and cost in damages and any other relief deemed fit by the court as well as an injunction to stop the defendants from publishing the alleged defamatory statements.