DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang is mulling legal action over a New Straits Times report claiming that he had hammered out a deal that would see him becoming the next deputy prime minister if the opposition came to power.
"I have instructed my lawyers to look into the possibility of instituting legal action against New Straits Times for its lies in its report today: 'DAP’s ploy to secure DPM post'," said Lim in a statement today.
Lim noted the report claimed he had met Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Dec 3.
The report said Lim had "sealed a deal that Mukhriz would become prime minister with Kit Siang as his deputy".
"This is a total figment of imagination, as I never met Mahathir, whether on Dec 3 or before to 'seal a deal' on the question of prime minister or deputy prime minister if Umno/BN is ousted from Putrajaya in the 14th general election.
"In fact, I had never at any time discussed such a question with Mahathir," said Lim.
The report had been based on the allegation of blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin's claim.
It also quoted Umno supreme council member Mohd Puad Zakarshi as saying that DAP had ambitions to get the deputy prime minister's position.
Lim panned the report as "pure fantasy".
"A lot of lies about me and DAP leaders have been circulated on the social media in an anonymous manner.
"But a mainstream media must be taught a lesson when it sinks to the gutter level to dish out lies and falsehood spun out of whole cloth," he said. - Mkini