The fracas between Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and MonSpace goes on to a new level.
- Letter of demand issued to Lim
- Retraction and apology over alleged defamatory statements sought
- Claims of “injury to image and reputation” of “renowned multinational corporation”
On May 23, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng had challenged CEO of MonSpace (M) Sdn Bhd Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai to take legal action if his claim that the company was illegally raising funds from investors was unsubstantiated.
Earlier, The Star reported on May 22 that the multi-level marketing company said that it would take legal action against any group or individual making defamatory statements against it.
MonSpace seems to be doing exactly that. It has issued a letter of demand to Lim for allegedly defaming it.
The Star reported today that the letter, issued yesterday on behalf of Lai and former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, wanted Lim to retract and apologise for statements he allegedly made about them at a press conference on May 13.
Lim was also required to give his written assurance and undertaking that he would not further publish his statements or any similar articles concerning Musa, Lai and MonSpace, or he would face legal action. He was given seven days to comply with the demands.
Lim was said to have insinuated that Musa and Lai have been operating an illegal business, that MonSpace was “blacklisted by the authorities”, and that MonSpace, Musa and Lai were “dishonest, ruthless, and not a credible company or individuals”. Musa is the president of MonSpace Net Inc, a subsidiary.
Lim also allegedly alluded to Musa and the company having bribed various government officers to keep MonSpace “protected”.
The statements were purportedly made in Mandarin and published in the GuangMing Daily newspaper website.
The letter of demand from lawyers Messrs Shafee & Co read: “Our clients, being a renowned multinational corporation, and individuals have suffered injury to their image and reputation, especially among their customers and the public as a result of the defamatory statements made by you.”
When contacted, Lim confirmed receiving the letter of demand and said his lawyers will be dealing with it.
On May 23, Lim, several other DAP members and 19 Chinese nationals confronted Lai at the company’s headquarters. The group from China had lodged reports against MonSpace, alleging that guaranteed huge returns from a MonSpace scheme they had invested in were never delivered.
Lim had demanded proof from Lai that MonSpace is a legal business with no attachments to any monetary investment schemes, that MonSpace is going to be listed in the US and that it has a banking licence in China. He gave Lai one to two months to furnish the proof.
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