The High Court has set Dec 14 to fix the date for injunction hearing over the RM500mil defamation suit filed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat against Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

Deputy registrar Hilmiah Yusof set the date in her chambers Wednesday after meeting counsel Ronnie Tan and Harjit Sandhu who acted for Ong. Both men mentioned the case on behalf of Tiong’s lawyer Prem Ramachandran who was not present.

Speaking to reporters later, Tan said Hilmiah had ordered both parties to file affidavits before Dec 14 for the hearing of an injunction application.

Tan said the injunction application was filed by Ong to stop the defendant from spreading any slander or libel against him.

Ong had on Aug 24 filed the suit at the High Court civil registry here through his legal team.

The suit was filed over unfounded and malicious defamatory allegations made by Tiong that Ong had received RM10mil from him for MCA activities following the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) disclosure.

In his statement of claim, Ong demanded that Tiong fully withdraw his defamatory remarks and publish an apology in major Malaysian newspapers of all languages.

The purpose of such statements, he said, were to tarnish his name.

Such remarks, he said, were published with the element of mala fide by Tiong to obstruct the fair and just investigation over the misuse of funds in the PKFZ issue and the role played by Tiong’s company in the controversy.

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