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See you in court, Khalid Samad tells Tajuddin

 | February 28, 2017

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad says Tajuddin is wasting time and money in filing his suit against him.


SHAH ALAM: Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad is confident that the courts will find him not guilty of defaming Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

Khalid said it was a waste of time and money for Tajuddin to take legal action over his use of the word “sial” (accursed) on Nov 21 last year in response to Tajuddin referring to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok as the only woman with a “Kok” in Parliament.

“But we know he has a lot of money and a lot of time to involve the courts in this matter, and since I’m confident that I will be found not guilty, I’ll see him in court,” Khalid told reporters at a press conference at his office here today.

He said Tajuddin’s actions just went to show that Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders would never admit their mistakes.

“He used foul language and belittled other MPs, and instead of showing remorse, he has accused me of defaming him. It his him who has defamed himself.”

He revealed that in Tajuddin’s writ of summons, he had accused Khalid of saying Tajuddin was going to hell, that he was a hypocrite, and that he had gone against the commands of God, among others.

“The truth is, I only called him ‘sial’,” he quipped.

Tajuddin had also said in the writ of summons that Khalid was actively seeking DAP’s approval.

“If you’re going to involve the courts, then don’t play politics,” Khalid said.

Khalid said all he had asked Tajuddin to do was to apologise to both Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto.

“It doesn’t matter which party they come from, even if they’re BN MPs. You do not use that kind of language on a woman.”

Tajuddin, who is also Pasir Salak MP, is suing Khalid over his press conference outside the House shortly after the incident where he reiterated his “sial” statement against Tajuddin and questioned his behaviour, Malaysiakini reported.

Khalid held the press conference after he was attacked, within Parliament grounds, by a group from Pasir Salak, who included Tajuddin’s son Faisal Tajuddin.

Khalid, however, insisted that he had not accused Tajuddin of conducting the attack.

“I simply said that you do not need to get people to attack me if you want me to apologise. It was the attackers who chanted your name.”

In Tajuddin’s suit, he claimed that Khalid’s statement was defamatory as it implied that Tajuddin was a person who, among others, wasn’t a good Muslim, and that he was condemned to hell, morally decrepit and unfit to be an MP and deputy minister.

Tajuddin is also suing NST for publishing Khalid’s comments made at the press conference.

The suit, dated Feb 22, and filed through law firm Murthi & Partners at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, said both Khalid and NST had refused to apologise and claimed that the statements were not defamatory after letters of demand were sent to them.

Tajuddin is also suing KiniTV for publishing a recording of Khalid’s subsequent press conference on Nov 24 last year.

Tajuddin taking ‘Kok’ issue to court


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