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PAS mulls suing Utusan, TV3 over WWW1 fiasco

 | June 12, 2012

Accusing the Umno-linked media of coming up with false reports against him, Nizar Jamaluddin says he may haul them to court.

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS leader Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin said the party is mulling legal action against the Umno-linked Utusan Malaysia and TV3 over the WW1 number plate fiasco.

The Bukit Gantang MP also said that he willing to apologise to the Sultan of Johor in person over the latter’s purchase of the number plate.

“I truly want to apologise to the Sultan of Johor and meet with him and tell him the true story, so it won’t be misconstrued or mistaken by the media,” he told reporters in Parliament.

The PAS leader added that he was ready to meet the Sultan at any time.

Nizar criticised TV3 and Utusan Malaysia for supposedly coming up with “false reports” leading to the fiasco.

He had previously alleged that the mainstream media had targeted him as being rude to the Sultan of Johor.

In a series of Twitter messages, Nizar questioned the purchase of the WWW1 plate, which cost RM520,000, adding that the money could have been used for other things, such as low-cost housing.

He did not name the Sultan of Johor in any of his tweets.

Nevertheless, this did not stop the former Perak menteri besar from being queried by the police under the Sedition Act.

In a related matter, Perak PAS Youth deputy chief Raja Ahmad Al-Hiss questioned the wide coverage by Malay daily Kosmo over the number plate issue.

He then wondered aloud if there was a “hidden agenda’ behind these reports to “shame” the Sultan of Johor.

At the same time, he also asked why the Transport Ministry announced the bidding of the WWW1 number plate, when it was mum over the MCA1 number plate made known two years ago.


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