‘Black hole’ case impugns Chong’s credibility

Dick Lembang Dugun

KUCHING: Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s credibility took a toll after he failed to stop a defamation suit by the state government.

The Federal Court on Wednesday dismissed Chong’s bid to review the apex court’s decision which allows the government to sue for defamation.

Dick Lembang Dugun

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) political analyst Dick Lembang Dugun said with Chong embroiled in the legal suit, it does not bode well for his image.

“Personally, I believe that it will give a bad impression of him. His credibility is gone in terms of speaking about facts on this matter,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

Dick said that if Chong was convinced with his accusations back in 2013, then it would be prudent for him to report it to the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“He should come out with the evidences on the case instead of just speculating about it in the media.

“The question is will he do that now? If so, then perhaps he could clean his image,” he said.

On the Federal Court ruling, Dick said that it would be lesson for all elected representatives to not make baseless allegations.

“This case will set a precedent for other cases in the future if similar things occur,” he said.

In 2013, the Kota Sentosa assemblyman insinuated that some RM11 billion had gone missing from the state coffers.

The allegation was published in a Chinese national daily, a news portal and in pamphlets distributed by Chong and the DAP.

On Wednesday, he was slapped by the Federal Court with RM100,000 in costs, payable to the state government.

The Federal Court also ordered the Sarawak government’s defamation suit to be sent back to the High Court in Kuching for trial on February 19.