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High Court renders judgment in default against Utusan

August 30, 2012

The former Perak menteri besar sued Utusan Malaysia for allegedly publishing a defamatory statement on his RM520,000 bid and purchase of the WWW 1 number plate.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here rendered a judgment in default against Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd after the daily failed to register its appearance in court for a defamation suit filed by former Perak menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

Judge Yeoh Wee Siam issued the order on Aug 8 after Utusan Melayu was served with a writ of summons on the matter.

Mohammad Nizar’s lawyer Mohd Zamri Ibrahim told reporters today that deputy registrar Mazuliana Abdul Rashid had also instructed his client to file a notice for assessment of damages.

Mohammad Nizar is suing Utusan Melayu for RM50 million for allegedly publishing a defamatory statement on his RM520,000 bid and purchase of the WWW 1 number plate.

He also filed a RM50 million defamation suit against Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd (TV3) on the same matter.

Mohd Zamri said case management for the TV3 suit was set for Sept 19 in chambers today and all parties were required to inform if the matter could be settled out of court or otherwise. Also present was TV3’s lawyer, Jason Wee.

Mohammad Nizar filed the two suits against Utusan Melayu and TV3 separately on July 10.

The Pasir Panjang assemblyman claimed that on May 30, TV3 had covered the statement in its Main Bulletin news at 8 pm.

The following day, May 31, Utusan Melayu had published an article on page 11 of its daily on the same, he added.

Mohammad Nizar claimed that the alleged defamatory statement had tarnished his image and could be interpreted to mean he was a traitor to Sultans in general and to the Sultan of Johor specifically and that he was an anti-Sultan politician attempting to incite people to hate the Sultan of Johor.



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