KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has set Feb 24 for further case management of a RM500mil defamation suit filed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat against Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.
Deputy registrar Norazlin Othman set the date after meeting counsel for both parties in her chambers on Monday.
Lawyer Ronnie Tan appeared for Ong while counsel Prem Ramachandran acted for Tiong.
Tan said the suit was fixed for further case management since both parties had not completed their respective affidavits for the hearing proper.
He said the court would set a hearing date on the case management day.
Ong had on Aug 24 filed the suit at the High Court civil registry here through his legal team.
The suit was filed over unfounded and malicious defamatory allegations made by Tiong that Ong had received RM10mil from him for MCA activities — claims that Tiong had made following the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) disclosure.
In his statement of claim, Ong demanded that Tiong fully withdraw his defamatory remarks and publish an apology in major Malaysian newspapers of all languages.
Ong said the allegations made by Tiong were baseless, untrue and defamatory and had damaged his reputation, image, integrity and good name in the eyes of the public.
The purpose of such statements, he said, were to tarnish his name as among the country’s leaders and caused him to be hated, humiliated and condemned by the public.
Such remarks, he said, were published with the element of mala fide by Tiong to obstruct the fair and just investigation over the misuse of funds in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) issue and the role played by Tiong’s company in the controversy.