Teng apologises to Guan Eng in court settlement

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Former Penang Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow apologised to former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng in a defamation suit over an article on Pulau Jerejak.

This came after both parties reached a settlement at the Penang High Court today.

In a consent judgment, Teng read out an unconditional and unreserved apology to Lim and retracted his statements for the article on Pulau Jerejak which appeared in an English (The Star and The Star Online) and two Chinese (Sin Chew Daily and Guang Ming Daily) publications on Nov 16, 2016.

“I hereby unconditionally and unreservedly apologise to Lim Guan Eng and retract the impugned statements that I made in the press conference on Nov 15, 2016, which we later published.

“I regret the hardship and difficulties caused to Lim Guan Eng due to the publication of the above”,” Teng said.

Teng has since quit active politics and left Gerakan which he once led in September last year.

Judge Datuk Seri Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah presided over the consent judgment.

On Nov 12, Lim’s counsel Datuk N Mureli informed the Court of Appeal that both parties had reached a settlement and a consent judgment draft had been filed in respect of his client’s suit against Teng at the Penang High Court.

Datuk Harpal Singh Grewal, who represented Teng, confirmed his client had agreed to the consent judgment draft.

With regards to the legal costs, Mureli informed the Court of Appeal panel that both parties had agreed for the costs of RM75,000 to be paid by Teng to Lim.

In April 2017, Lim filed the suit naming Teng, who is also former Penang Gerakan chairman, Star Media Group Berhad news editor David Tan and journalist Crystal Chiam Shiying as defendants.

On June 29, 2018, the Penang High Court allowed Teng’s application to strike out Lim’s legal action.

Lim later filed an appeal to the Court of Appeal to strike out the High Court’s decision. However, when the appeal was heard on Nov 12, this year, both parties came to an agreement to settle the case through a consent judgment. – NST