Kit Siang Sues Ex-Top Cop Hanif over “Cock and Bull” Story

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Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang has filed a civil suit against former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar over allegations that he wanted to split Malaysia along racial lines.

Ramkarpal Singh, who is Lim’s lawyer and chairman of DAP’s national legal bureau, said the suit was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in Jalan Duta on Oct 17, and served on Hanif’s solicitors today.

He said the matter has been fixed for case management on Nov 21.

The matter surfaced after Sinar Harian reported Hanif as saying on Sept 6 that he was forced to incarcerate Lim for the sake of national harmony during the 1969 racial riots.

“DAP suggested that Peninsular Malaysia is split into two, East Coast for the Malays and the West Coast for the Chinese.

“What was my answer? I put Lim Kit Siang in prison.

“He was in (detention) for two years. That was Hanif’s way when I was the inspector-general of police,” he had said.

The following day, Lim demanded Hanif to prove his claim within 48 hours.

Calling it the “greatest cock and bull story”, Lim claimed that it was part an agenda to demonise him and the party.

“I challenge Hanif to quote the chapter and verse, date and place, where I had made such a ridiculous proposal. If the information is classified as official secret, then it should be declassified.

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“I give Hanif two days to respond to this challenge or Malaysians must conclude that he is senile or has a special agenda to demonise me and DAP with such a lie.

“I reserve my right to institute legal action to vindicate my character and reputation, which I will disclose after two days,” he had said.

On Sept 9, Ramkarpal said he had been given instructions to commence legal proceedings against Hanif.

He said the former top cop’s claim that he had put Lim behind bars as a result of the alleged remarks was a clear insinuation on his part that Lim was responsible for such a demand.

He added that it was highly defamatory and possibly seditious.


Earlier reports:

Sept 9, Kit Siang to Sue Ex-Top Cop Hanif Omar over ‘Dividing Malaysia’ Claim

Sept 6, Ex-IGP Threw Kit Siang into Jail to Keep Racial Harmony