Selangor Takes Legal Action Over Remarks Made On Maritime Gateway Project

Landasan Lumayan Sdn Bhd (LLSB) has served a letter of demand to Badrul Hisham Shaharin, popularly known by his moniker Che’gu Bard, over recent defamatory remarks made against the firm and the Selangor Maritime Gateway project which it manages.

Specifically, the company is demanding the Bersatu information committee member to make a public apology, retract his previous statements on LLSB and cease from issuing any further wrongful and defamatory remarks against it and SMG.

LLSB added that it is also pursuing legal action against several other individuals and an online portal for slander and defamation.

“This includes false postings and misinformation on social media, article’s comment section, news sites and online communities,” it said in a statement today, but stopped short of mentioning names.

This comes just three days after LLSB issued a statement cautioning against the spread of slanderous accusations regarding SMG.

“It is deeply disappointing that these individuals have repeatedly and knowingly spread false information and statements.

“Despite our efforts to clear the air, the dissemination of the rumours persists, leaving us with no choice but to take legal action in order to protect LLSB’s good name and reputation,” it said.

The firm further stressed its commitment to continue taking necessary measures to protect its rights, reputation and interests, adding that it has continuously complied with all required assessments and passed numerous independent due diligence processes throughout the years.

LLSB also reassured stakeholders that it would continue to uphold the practice of good governance in the carrying out of its operations, as well as adhering strictly to policies and objectives set by the state government.

In its July 31 statement, LLSB, which is wholly owned by the Selangor Menteri Besar (Incorporated) or MBI, said it will be initiating legal action against those who have been issuing slanderous remarks against the firm pertaining to the implementation of SMG.

It had said the decision was made taking into consideration that the slanders were malicious in nature and intended to tarnish the company’s reputation.

While it did not elaborate, it is believed LLSB was referring to allegations that the RM700 million SMG project, which is aimed at cleaning and developing the Klang River, did not go through a transparent tender process.

It stressed that all approvals for projects in relation to SMG were done in a transparent manner and in compliance with all procedures, including guidelines set by MBI.

SMG is a long-term, integrated river cleaning and development project that aims to add value and improve the socioeconomic opportunities along Klang River, spanning 56km from Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur to Port Klang.

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