Wee stands by his words after receiving fresh letter of demand from egg importer

AFTER receiving a second letter of demand from a lawyer alleging that his client, an egg importer, has seen his business negatively impacted by his opinions on the matter, Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong maintains that he remains undeterred.

“[I am] totally unfazed by this and I stand by my words in Parliament. I’ll leave it to my lawyers to take action. Nothing will stop me from voicing out in the interest of the Malaysian public,” Wee said in a Facebook post.

Wee’s viewpoint that eggs from India take between three and four weeks to reach Port Klang and are therefore “not fresh for consumption” has allegedly led to “confusion and doubt among consumers as to the quality of the eggs, and thereby indirectly affecting our client’s business” according to the second demand letter sent yesterday by attorney S. Ravichandaran.

Ravichandaran said that J&E Advance Tech Sdn Bhd, the “sole importer of eggs from India” is represented by his firm.

Additionally, he claimed that Wee’s repeated claim that imported eggs are being sold for 50 sen apiece is “designed to create misconception and confusion” adding that the price is regulated to a maximum of 44 sen.

“The net effect of your statement in the minds of right thinking members of society is to completely avoid purchasing imported eggs, thereby resulting in financial losses,” Ravichandaran said.

He stated that his company has received “strict instructions to do the needful in the circumstances without further reference to you” unless Wee issued relevant corrective statements in Parliament and on social media within 72 hours.

As a result of his “unwarranted statements” Ravichandaran indicated in his first letter to Wee, dated Feb 23, that his client was suffering losses and a sullied reputation.

Wee, who has constantly brought up the topic of the availability of eggs in the nation, last week brought an egg from India, one produced locally, and an omega egg to the Dewan Rakyat to compare their sizes and costs.

On Feb 15, he wrote on Facebook that imported eggs from India are priced at 50 sen each, compared to local eggs’ 41 sen.

“If local farmers are allowed to sell their eggs at 50 sen each, I believe many of them will be more encouraged to produce eggs,” he was quoted as saying.

Wee also stated in a Facebook post from January 9 that it would take “three to four weeks” for eggs to make the journey by ship from India to Malaysia.

“Are they still as fresh as local eggs?” he asked. – March 2, 2023


Main pic credit: Astro Awani 

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