Former minister Wong Soon Koh will not be testifying in the Black Hole trial

FOLLOWING the striking out of the subpoena issued to former Sarawak finance minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh to testify in the “Black Hole” case, the defense have rested their case.

The Kuching High Court will now resume the defamation suit filed by the Sarawak government against Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen on Thursday with the plaintiffs rebutting the defense witnesses.

In today’s proceedings, Chong had closed his defence in the case after his subpoena on former Sarawak second finance minister Wong to testify as witness in the case was set aside.

The plaintiffs applied to set aside the subpoena on the grounds that his testimony would be irrelevant to the case.

Meanwhile, the state legal counsel Datuk Seri JC Fong said he would be calling witnesses to rebut Chong’s defence.

Chong is being sued for defamation by the Sarawak government and State Financial Authority for using the term ‘Black Hole’ to insinuate that RM11 billion had gone missing from the state coffers. in 2013.

His allegation was published in Sin Chew daily, Malaysiakini and pamphlets distributed by Chong and DAP.

The plaintiffs were represented by Fong, State Legal Officers Mohamad Adzrul Adzlan, Oliver Chua and Voon Yan Sin while Chong is defending himself and assisted by his lawyer Michael Kong.