KUALA LUMPUR – Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming said today that he will not apologize for his statement and corruption allegations involving corrupt dealings in Sierra Leone.
This statement came after LimKokWing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) issued a defamation notice to his camp via his party’s headquarters. The demand letter was issued by the senior vice president of LCUT Datuk Gail Phung’s representative last week.
The defamation suit is demanding a sum of RM50 million in damages.
He added that the notice purports that he has tweeted a defamatory tweet against the senior VP and it appears to be a case of intimidation against a Member of Parliament who is raising a public interest issue.
Ong said that the corruption allegations of LCUT’s operations in Sierra Leone were subjected to an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
He also stressed that is it his right and obligation as a representative of the people to raise such issues and tagging the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), and its minister, Datuk Noraini Ahmad on the post.
On August 6, Ong had retweeted an article on an investigation by the Sierra Leone government into LUCT and saying that these are very serious accusations against Limkowwing (LUCT)’s activities and that this is not the first time that this issue has been reported.
Ong instructed his lawyer Syahredzan Johan to reply to the notice of demand.
On August 8, Malaysiakini reported that ACC also found that the Sierra Leone government owes US$3 million to LUCT with US$2 million were one-year academic revenues that were paid in 2018.
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