MCA is asking for, among others, RM100 million in damages in its letter of demand to Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.
This is over Lim’s accusation last month that the party was “pocketing” government funds meant for Chinese vernacular schools.
“So many zeros (in the letter of demand). I think it is RM100 million (MCA is asking for).
“Maybe MCA thinks I’m a billionaire or I always have donations in my personal account but no, I don’t have RM100 million,” Lim said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
In the letter of demand, dated March 29, MCA also asked Lim to retract his statement, issue a full apology and an assurance that he will not repeat his statements.
They also gave Lim seven days from the date of the letter to respond to their demands, after which they would initiate legal proceedings against him.
Lim, who said he received the letter a few days ago, said his lawyer has already responded to the letter.
MCA had previously threatened to sue Lim over his accusations against them and funds meant for Chinese vernacular schools.
“We have concluded that his statement is tantamount to defamation. We want Lim to withdraw his statement and apologise openly to MCA.
“Otherwise, we would not hesitate to commence legal action against him and ask for damages,” MCA legal task force chief Tay Puay Chuan reportedly said.
Lim earlier alleged that MCA had never donated to Chinese schools using their own funds.
He also claimed that money received by MCA from public donations and the government was pocketed by the party.