Penang chief: I'm not a spy
PENANG Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has maintained in the High Court that he is not a spy and will not reveal national secrets to Singapore's leaders.
Mr Lim said that he is loyal to Malaysia and claimed that his reputation has been affected over libellous publications by Perkasa and two newspapers against him.
"When called a national spy, a traitor, it is very damaging," he said, when it was suggested to him by Perkasa's lawyer, Mr Auzan Sazali, that he did not suffer any losses due to the publications.
He said the newspapers and Malay right-wing group Perkasa had defamed him in alleging that he revealed national secrets to People's Action Party (PAP) leaders during a meeting in Singapore in August 2011.
"This is fabrication. It is a complete lie because I am loyal to my country. I will never reveal any national secrets," he testified at the trial of his RM15 million (S$5.7 million) suit against the New Straits Times, Utusan Malaysia, Perkasa, the editors of the two newspapers, and two Perkasa leaders.
Besides, Mr Lim said he did not have access to any national secrets as he was not a federal minister.
Questioned by his lawyer, Mr Americk Sidhu, he said that he became aware of an article or a press release published on a website known as pribumiperkasa.com in 2011, on Oct 1 or 2.
He said he first read the article when it was published in the New Sunday Times on Oct 2, 2011, and discovered that Berita Minggu and Mingguan Malaysia had also carried a similar article on the same day.
He said that nobody from any of the newspapers had contacted him for comments on the press release issued on the Perkasa website before publishing the articles.
The hearing continues before Justice Nor Bee Ariffin today.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK