Hornbill Unleashed

June 17, 2010

Defamation suit related to PKFZ put off

By HU Editor

Trial of the defamation suit filed by Bintulu MP Dato Seri Tiong King Sing against Penerbitan Cerdas Maju Sdn Bhd & 6 Ors with Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader Dato Seri Anwar Bin Ibrahim named as Third Party) has been put off to a date yet to be determined.

At the hearing (in the Kuching High Court today) of the Defendants’ application for an Order to re-amend their Joint Defence, an Order for the Third Party (DSAI) to defend jointly with the Defendants and an Order to determine, as preliminary issue, whether the words complained of as defamatory of the Plaintiff were true in substance and in fact, the Plaintiff notified the Court that he intends and will shortly file an affidavit in opposition to object the application.

Hearing of the application is adjourned to 22.07.2010.

In the premise, trial dates of the action (original scheduled for 28.06.2010 – 02.07.2010) is now vacated.

In his Statement of Claim dated 15.12.2008, the Plaintiff alleged that the 2 Chinese daily newspapers Oriental Daily News and See Hua Daily News had on 20.12.2007 published and distributed to the public an article with a “sensational and hard-hitting headline” as he translated in English “Anwar claimed he possessed evidence: ‘Port Klang Free Trade Zone Project has people involved in corruption’” has seriously defamed him and he claims against the Defendants and each of them damages to the sum of RM20,000,000.00 with interests and injunctive relief.

Read the content of the article complained of here (Chinese & English, as translated by the Plaintiff)

Ling & Wong Advocates and Solicitors, Bintulu is acting for Tiong. George Lo & Partners are lawyers for the Defendants while Baru Bian Advocates & Solicitors is acting for Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim.


1 Comment »

  1. So what has Ting got to gain here? He doesn’t need the RM20.0m!

    Maybe Anwar will just give Ting more cards to play. The friend of your enemy is your enemy. The enemy of your enemy is your friend!

    Comment by Watcha — June 17, 2010 @ 10:20 PM | Reply

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