Retract report or I’ll sue, says Malaysian assemblyman

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GEORGE TOWN: DAP's Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Lau Keng Ee wants a website to retract a report that he had allegedly received RM200,000 to help a businessman get a housing project.

Lau, 35, who had earlier lodged a police report following demands that he pay back the said RM200,000, threatened to file a defamation suit against the website if it failed to do so by tomorrow.

He denied receiving the money and challenged the website to show proof of the allegation.

"If their allegation is true, I challenge them to make a report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis­sion against me," he said yesterday.

Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer, who was there as Lau's legal adviser, said the article which was published on Friday intended to shame the two-term assemblyman.

He said they would write to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to investigate the website.

The website, which apparently publishes unfavourable articles about the Penang government, alleged in the report that Lau failed to obtain the project for a businessman after taking the bribe.

Rayer urged the police to investigate a report lodged by Lau of receiving phone calls from strangers urging him to repay the money.