Court awards Guan Eng RM600k in defamation suit against Raja Petra

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Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng has won RM600,000 in damages in his defamation suit against blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin over a series of articles alleging corruption in the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.

High court judicial commissioner Mohd Arief Emran Arifin made the decision while deciding on the assessment of damages obtained by Lim in today’s proceedings online.

Counsel K. Simon Murali, who represented Lim, said the court ordered Raja Petra as the defendant to pay RM600,000 in general and aggravated damages as well as RM10,000 costs to Lim.

“The court also ordered the defendant to pay 5% interest per year from the date of filing of the writ of summons on September 6, 2019 until the full settlement of the case,” he said.

During the assessment of damages on April 14, Lim as the plaintiff, demanded RM20 million in general damages following 20 articles published in both English and Bahasa Melayu by Malaysia Today, owned by Raja Petra, from February 2019.

The DAP secretary-general also sought aggravated and exemplary damages amounting to RM500,000 respectively.

On February 28 last year, Lim, 61, obtained a default judgment after Raja Petra did not enter an appearance to answer the summons filed against him.

The plaintiff also filed an application to obtain a summary judgment after Raja Petra failed to respond to the summons advertised by Lim in three newspapers dated February 1,0 2020.

Earlier, Lim tried to submit the writ of summons and statement of claim to Raja Petra through personal services at the blogger’s last address obtained from the National Registration Department and the Election Commission but failed.

Lim filed the defamation suit over an article series From the MACC Files published in both English and Bahasa Melayu of the portal between February 24 and March 15, 2019.