SARAWAK United People’s Party (SUPP) Stakan branch chairman Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok will face Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong in court over the former’s Facebook posting on April 29.
Sim, who was issued a letter of demand by Yong’s lawyer, said the posting originated from a post made by a user named ‘Emma Leong’ on Telegram app.
After stumbling upon the posting, he felt that the question asked by Emma was a legitimate one.
“I then copied and re-posted the graphics on my Facebook page, which is the alleged offending post. I state here that there were many other posts with the exact same graphics made by netizens on various online platforms such as Facebook and Whatsapp, so my question is ‘why me’,” he posted on his Facebook account.
He said the legal action was “political ploy” to silence the people.
“Upon receipt of the letter of demand I then consulted my legal advisers and the party legal advisers, and I am here to announce that I will be facing this matter head-on and should we have to go to court, all I want to say here is – ‘see you in court’.
“I state here clearly, I shall not be intimidated and I will continue to raise matters which I feel is of public interests particularly on matters that touch Sarawakians,” he added.
Meanwhile, Borneo Post reported that SUPP Stakan branch said it was standing firmly behind Sim, and would not stand down nor shy away from highlighting matters in the media – be it print or social.
Its branch secretary Sivanesan Sanmugalingam said it recognised the action by DAP as a willful attempt to stop a member of the public from airing his views.
“As we have stated before in various press statements, we recognise that DAP has in the past used the legal process as a tool to intimidate and silence their critics.
“As members of a political party, we are of the opinion that this (is a) misuse of the legal process and we are here to state that ‘enough is enough’,” he added.
As such, he said the branch had launched a campaign to back their chairman with the slogan ‘I Am Sim Kiang Chiok, You touch one, You touch all’.
It was earlier reported that Yong’s lawyer Michael Kong had said that the posting was deemed defamatory to Yong and they sought a full withdrawal of the defamatory words and an apology in an English and Chinese newspaper, and also in Facebook.
Kong said they also wanted Sim’s written assurance and undertaking not to further publish any similar statement concerning Yong plus cost.