Did Jeff Ooi do a ‘Flip-Flop’?

Yang Berhormat Jeff Ooi

DAP MP for Jelutong Jeff Oii or his real name Ooi Chuan Aun retracted what he wrote which got him sued by NSTP, Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan and three others in January 2007. In High Court this morning, the lawyer representing his case on going for the last three and half years came to an end, where everyone walked away with their own cost.

Published: Monday June 13, 2011 MYT 11:30:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 13, 2011 MYT 2:24:51 PM

Jeff Ooi retracts allegation against NST, 3 senior staff

By M.MAGESWARI

KUALA LUMPUR: Jelutong MP and blogger Jeff Ooi openly retracted all his libelous allegations in his weblog against the New Straits Times (M) Bhd and its three former senior staff – Datuk Seri Kalimullah Masheerul HassanDatuk Hishamuddin Aun and Brendan Pereira – causing the suit to be struck out.

The plaintiffs maintained in the agreed statement, read out in open court, that these allegations were libelous and without foundation and had caused them considerable distress, embarrassment and inconvenience.

However, Jeff Ooi, who was not present, stated through his lawyer Asna Mohd Yunus that he had acted bona fide and without malice.

Jeff Ooi said he appreciated that his allegations might have caused the plaintiffs embarrassment and inconvenience and regretted the same.

The parties agreed there be no payment of damages, to bear their own costs and have no liberty to file afresh.

The statement was recorded by High Court Judge Justice Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad in open court.

Kalimullah who was present in court said that he was glad that it was over.

At the time, Kalimullah was the The New Straits Times Press (M) BhdDeputy Chairman, Hishamuddin was the group editor-in-chief and Brendan the New Straits Times group editor.

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Some said this is a good solution. “At lest Jeff Ooi did not apologize. He just retracted”.

Ahirudin "Rocky" Attan and Jeff Ooi

Then again, retraction means he did not state his grounds. In the same stroke, NST-led Riong Kali also sued Supremo-blogger-journo Datuk Ahirudin “Rocky” Attan. The suit, brought upon the blogging community together. Friends and foes alike, came together and ‘Walked with Rocky and Jeff’. National Alliance of Bloggers (All-Blogs) were born put of this non-partisan community, where Ooi was elected the pro-tem Vice President in April 2007.

Chinese Chauvinists DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng, Jeff Ooi, 'Mini-Emperor-of-Middle-Kingdom' Lim Kit Siang

Jeff Ooi, then an active blogger with ‘Screen Shots’ had his activist name flourished there on. DAP courted him and brought the one-time Gerakanman under the wings of the Chinese Chauvinist ‘Mini-Emperor’ Lim Kit Siang. His political star was shinning to a point that the Pendang-born-Subang-resident Ooi was offered the Jelutong Palrliamentary seat in the 12th General Elections.

Lim Guan Eng and Jeff Ooi

Of course, he won.

Ooi now a Parliamentarian, was appointed the Chief of Staff in the Chief Minister’s Office when DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng took over the helm of the Penang State Government. He also became a slightly different man there on. In January 2010, he uttered defamatory words against MPPP Councillor representing PKR Mohd. Razali Abdullah. Last month, Penang Sessions Court decided that Ooi had to pay RM 150,000.00 for it.

Utusan Malaysia, 7 May 2011

Ooi’s credibility eroded upon Utusan Malaysia’s front page on 7 May 2011 about our posting on what had happened at a hotel on MacAlister Road two days earlier. According to media reports, he changed his account of events. When his own man Mohd. Razali A Rahman presented himself at Pattani Road Police Station on Friday 12 May 2011, he was quick to react with stories that beginning to make him sound nonsense.

Excerpts of Ooi’s reaction when Utusan Malaysia contacted him on 6 May 2011:

Jeff yang ditanya mengenai ikrar itu mendakwa, ketika majlis berlangsung, beliau sibuk ‘melayan’ iPad selain menjamu selera walaupun turut bertafakur semasa paderi-paderi itu berdoa.

“Bukankah berdoa itu suruhan tuhan. Apa yang saya tahu, ‘bigdog’ (penulis blog) tidak sebut nama saya, dia tidak tuduh saya. Kalau mahu tahu lebih lanjut, sila tanya polis Cawangan Khas dan dengar rakaman yang dibuat mereka,” katanya melalui khidmat pesanan ringkas (SMS) kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

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Two days later, he lodged a Police report against Utusan Malaysia and this blogger:

Police record Ooi’s statement

2011/05/09
By Lee Keng Fatt and Elvina Fernandez
news@nst.com.my
Ooi said he gave his statement at 10.30am and also lodged two reports — against Utusan Malaysia and the owner of the blog bigdogdot.com.wordpress.com for unwarranted and unsupported claims on the issue.

GEORGE TOWN: Police yesterday recorded a statement from Jelutong member of parliament Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun over his alleged involvement with a group purportedly trying to make Christianity the country’s official religion.

The Jelutong DAP denied that he had hosted the dinner in a hotel here on Thursday evening and clarified that there was no pledge among those who attended the dinner to have a Christian as the country’s prime minister.
Ooi also demanded that Utusan Malaysia and the blogger offer sincere apologies to all, including the Christian community, within 24 hours

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The investigation is still ongoing. Just like the case brought upon by Razali Abdullah, this most recent case of Razali Abdul Rahman is something worthwhile to pay attention to.

For the record, Ooi already gave up on blogging. Now the “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question, did Jeff Ooi just a do a ‘Flip-Flop’, which now leaves Datuk Rocky to face Riong Kali, NSTP and three others all by himself? Most important in any story, why did he?

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