Thursday February 28, 2013
Ting slams dirty tactics used by some to smear his reputation
MIRI: SUPP information chief Datuk Sebastian Ting has slammed those whom he said were using dirty tactics to smear his reputation.
“It is obviously a personal attack against me. This is the work of people or groups of people who are unhappy with me because of some political reasons,” said Ting, who has been picked by SUPP to contest the Miri parliamentary constituency to replace incumbent Datuk Seri Peter Chin.
The posters with serious allegations against Ting written on them have been found in various locations here and in Kuala Baram district two days ago.
They also carried a doctored-photo of Ting, with his face clearly visible. The message was written in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia.
“The allegations made against me are very damaging. I consider the allegations as very serious. It is not only defamatory in nature, but also criminal. I will lodge a police report on criminal defamation.
“My SUPP office staff had lodged a police report (on Tuesday evening) because the posters contained what looked like our party logo.
“I am in Kuala Lumpur for official duties now. I was informed about the posters yesterday. I will be flying back to Miri tonight (last night). Tomorrow (today), I will go to the police station,” he told The Star on the phone yesterday.
Ting, who is Piasau SUPP chairman, is also political secretary to Chin, who is Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.
The posters were found in front of shophouses, market place and along five-foot ways, on pillars and walls in public places.
They were also found in residential estates, bazaars and commercial centres outside the city.
Miri mayor Lawrence Lai yesterday urged the public and shopowners to tear down these posters.
“Pasting such nasty posters is not something we want to see in Miri.
“It is also an offence because it violates the council’s by-laws on public advertising. The council has the authority to take down such posters. We will leave it to the police to carry out their investigation. But we will also do whatever is required of us to nail the culprits,” he said.
Miri police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong is in Kuala Lumpur for a course and he does not have details of the case.
Acting Miri police chief, DSP Annuar Suhaili, when contacted, confirmed the police had received an official report from SUPP.
“We have started investigation. That is all I can say for the moment,” he said.