Police reports lodged against Warisan leaders for defamation

KOTA KINABALU: Two police reports were lodged today against three Parti Warisan Sabah leaders for allegedly defaming Bugaya assemblyman and state Assistant Finance Minister Ramlee Marhaban, a Semporna Umno youth exco told FMT.

The first report was lodged by Semporna Umno information bureau secretary Sappari Osman against Warisan vice-president Junz Wong, Youth chief Mohd Azis Jamman and his deputy Nicholas Chak.

The report stated that the trio had slandered Ramlee during a press conference on Nov 14, and spread the news on their allegations on Facebook, where it was shared by other users.

The second police report was lodged by Ramlee’s special officer Ali Sulaimana against Wong and Chak whom he claims made slanderous statements against Ramlee at a press conference on Nov 17.

Semporna Umno youth exco member Norsadin Shamsuddin said that both Sappari and Ali lodged their respective police reports at the Karamunsing police station.

“They also called for the police to investigate the Warisan leaders under the Sedition Act, Penal Code and Defamation Act,” Norsadi said.

He added that Ramlee was also considering filing a lawsuit against the Warisan leaders soon.

On Nov 14, Wong, Azis and Chak held a press conference where they questioned the source of Ramlee’s wealth and how he could afford to build a seafront mansion in Kampung Kuala Dua, Putatan, complete with a swimming pool and an indoor badminton court.

They also pointed to Ramlee’s ownership of at least a dozen luxury vehicles including two Lamborghinis, a Ferrari, an Aston Martin, Range Rover and Hummer.

After explaining that Ramlee was a successful businessman long before he entered politics, Wong issued a statement where he alleged that the company which Ramlee was said to have profited from, was not registered under the Companies Commission of Malaysia.

Wong, who is also Likas assemblyman, was reported to have said that he hoped his statement will get the attention of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).