Yesterday the Penang High Court dismissed a defamation suit against Tanjung Bungah rep Teh Yee Cheu over his remarks when he shaved his head in protest at the illegal hill-top clearing at Bukit Relau.
The suit was jointly filed by developer General Accomplishment Sdn Bhd and tycoon Tan Kok Ping. The court awarded Yee Cheu RM30,000 in costs.
This is an important decision touching on the right to freedom of expression especially for an elected rep on an issue of public concern.
Yee Cheu is now in the spotlight again for filing a private member’s motion to discuss whether the chief minister’s term of office should be limited to two terms.
If we go down this road, then the logical thing to do is to discuss at the federal level whether the prime minister’s term should be limited to two terms as well.
Meanwhile, a molotov cocktail was hurled at Penang Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy’s service centre in Chai Leng Park, Prai at 3am.
Ramasamy was condemned for calling controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik “satan” in a Facebook post yesterday, which he has since removed.
This morning, Ramasamy officiated at a day-long public function in Komtar organised by civil society groups focussing on torture and deaths in custody.