Kepong MP raises RM2.25 million to pay damages for defamation

Alfian Z.M. Tahir

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng thanks his supporters for coming up with the cash he needs to pay a company he defamed in 2017. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, March 20, 2023.

LIM Lip Eng has raised more than RM2 million to pay damages to the founder of an e-commerce firm after the DAP lawmaker was found liable for defamation.

In a Facebook post, the Kepong MP thanked donors for their support, adding that the money would be audited.

“We have reached RM2.25 million. Please do not donate any further. I sincerely thank you for supporting justice and standing with me,” Lim said.

“The money raised will be audited by a licensed auditor to ensure “transparency and accountability,” he added.

Last week Lim lost a defamation suit filed by businesswoman Jessy Lai and her company, MonSpace (M) Sdn Bhd, in 2017.

Lim launched a crowdfunding campaign the next day, saying he would be declared bankrupt and disqualified as an MP if he was unable to pay the damages.

Lai said Lim’s statements claiming that she was running an illegal business and had cheated Chinese investors had tarnished her reputation and that of her company.

Justice Akhtar Tahir said Lim had gone beyond his duty as an MP in making those accusations.

Lim was ordered to pay general damages of RM500,000 to Lai and RM1 million to MonSpace. He was also ordered to pay RM500,000 more in aggravated damages. – March 20, 2023.


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