The head of PKR’s women’s wing Zuraida Kamaruddin filed today a lawsuit against Sungai Besar Umno leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos whom she accused of slandering her supporters by claiming they had punched him in the face.
In the suit, Zuraida also sought to claim compensation for aggravated damages as Jamal had allegedly uttered defamatory and disgusting words in response to her letter of demand when she requested an apology from him within 48 hours of her complaint.
The suit was filed at the High Court here by Zuraida’s lawyers N. Surendran and Melissa Sasidaran.
“We also seek an injunction to prevent Jamal from repeating those words,” Surendran told reporters at the Duta Court Complex lobby here.
Jamal who leads an anti-Bersih movement known as the “Red Shirts” was recently involved in a scuffle with supporters of the electoral reform group while they were promoting their Bersih 5 rally this Saturday in the city.
In a video recording of the incident posted on the Internet, the Red Shirts leader could he heard shouting: “Polis tumbuk saya! (The police punched me!)”.
Jamal has since clarified that he meant to call attention to the police after being allegedly punched in the face by one of Zuraida’s people, which resulted in him getting a bloody nose.
Surendran said Jamal also insulted Zuraida with words like “open your skirt” (menyelak kain)” when he responded to her letter of demand.
“Jamal should be very careful with what he says because there are laws in this country, and if you utter a statement that is defamatory, you have to face the court,” he said.
Zuraida said the lawsuit was to “teach” the Sungai Besar Umno division leader that there are consequences to disrespecting the law, and hoped that the courts will deliver such a lesson.
She also urged the police to take action against Jamal.
“All this while he thinks he can scot free with all his antics, allegations. This time around we make sure we are going to pin him down,” Zuraida said.
After the incident, Jamal lodged a police report claiming he was hit by an unknown individual in Ampang, causing injury to his face.
He also posted on his Facebook account that “Darah pasti diganti dengan DARAH” (blood will be paid in blood).
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar reportedly said that the police will call up Jamal for questioning over this remark.
Jamal is already under a sedition investigation over a previous Facebook post alluding to the May 13, 1969 race riots.
He has also claimed that he will field 300,000 supporters to counter the Bersih 5 rally that the electoral reform group will hold this Saturday.
Source : MELATI A. JALIL@The Malay Mail Online