Tian Chua: "Raja Petra can say anything he wants.'' (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice president Tian Chua said he has no intention of taking legal action against Raja Petra Kamaruddin for accusations that he (Tian Chua) had sought election campaign funds from a developer.
“He (Raja Petra) can say anything he wants, I do not feel there is a need at the moment to file a defamation suit against him,'' he told The Mole.
“The elections are coming up and suing him will be a financial constraint on me for the time being. However, I have yet to decide my future course of action towards Raja Petra.’’
The Batu MP re-iterated his denial on accusations by the prominent blogger, better known as RPK, of his involvement with developer Azam & Azan Sdn Bhd (AASB) to file claims of about RM70 million from the Selangor Government for the construction of the first phase of a market in Selayang Baru.
Prior to this a post in The Unspinners reported that Tian Chua will take legal action against RPK.
The blogger also reproduced a letter purportedly from AASB to the Selangor Government seeking compensation for termination of a privatisation agreement between the state government and AASB written by the company on September 6, 2010.
“In which part of the letter does it suggest my involvement?’’ Tian Chua said and laughed it off.
RPK had claimed in his portal Malaysia Today that Tian Chua took over the issue from Selayang MP William Leong who is said to have the “ears of the Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim” after AASB had no choice but to seek a “political solution” since there had been no resolution on the stalled project.
The blogger stated that AASB had been told the matter can be resolved if they came to an agreement to donate US$10 million to PKR as election funds. AASB was allegedly asked to submit the RM70 million “statement of claim” and the claim will also include a “compensation” for AASB for the loss to be incurred for forgoing the second and third phases.
RPK also claimed of the existence of a video recording on the alleged meeting between Tian Chua, William Leong and AASB.
The allegations had been denied by both politicians.
“Raja Petra has nothing concrete to proof my alleged involvement in the matter. He claims he has video evidence, where is it? ’’ said Tian Chua.