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Sue me if it is slander, Rizal Mansor dares Dr M’s lawyer

 | December 7, 2016

The PM's aide says slandering would mean he had fabricated stories whereas he was merely pointing out what Dr Mahathir had said.

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PETALING JAYA: The prime minister’s aide, Rizal Mansor, today challenged Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lawyer to sue him for defamation after the latter accused him of slandering the former prime minister.

In a Facebook post, Rizal turned the tables on Haniff Khatri Abdulla, pointing out that slandering would mean he had either fabricated stories or made baseless allegations.

“However, Mahathir’s lawyer himself admitted that what I said was exactly what Mahathir said (in his speech).

“Don’t tell me a lawyer like him does not know the difference.

Sue me if it is slander.”

Haniff had yesterday accused Rizal of slander for claiming that Mahathir had belittled Prophet Muhammad during the DAP convention over the weekend.

He had also claimed that Rizal had deliberately twisted the matter or did not understand what Mahathir was saying.

Rizal had previously accused Mahathir of insulting Prophet Muhammad when the former prime minister quipped that the prophet didn’t get RM2.6 billion in donations nor did he have 1MDB.

The statement, made at a press conference in conjunction with the DAP national conference, was a response to Umno acting deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement that Najib Razak was chosen by God to be prime minister.

According to a report in Malaysiakini, Mahathir said Zahid seemed to equate the prime minister with the prophet.

Rizal then claimed that Mahathir made the statement to appease his new ally, DAP.

“Now that he’s with DAP, he has to show that he is even more DAP than DAP to the point where he is even willing to insult the Prophet Muhammad,” he was quoted as saying.


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