Defamation suit against Guan Eng on undersea tunnel project — Trial begins Nov 15

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GEORGE TOWN (Sept 20): The High Court here today set Nov 15 as the start of the trial for the suit filed by Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim against former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, in connection with an undersea tunnel construction project.

During a case management hearing today attended by Guan Eng's lawyer Felix Lim, judge Datuk Rosilah Yop fixed Nov 15 and 19 for the plantiff to set out his case, while Dec 9 and 10 was allotted for the defence.  

The trial which was supposed to have begun today, was postponed on the request of the plaintiff, Felix said, when met by reporters.

In his claim filed in March last year, Abdul Azeez alleged that Guan Eng (currently the Finance Minister), had issued defamatory statements during a press conference at the Chief Minister's office on Feb 28, 2018, and during a Chinese New Year open house celebration hosted by the Penang Development Corporation on the same day, connecting Abdul Azeez with a payment of RM3 million made by the developer of the undersea tunnel construction project.