KUALA LUMPUR: Seputeh MP Teresa Kok is suing Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Yunos for defamation over claims she had misused the welfare funds under Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas).
She claimed that Jamal’s statements had tarnished her reputation as a senior politician in DAP and painted her as a corrupt person.
“The accusations by Jamal were baseless as I did not abuse my powers to obtain funds from Yawas,” Kok said in her statement of claim.
In the suit, which was filed yesterday at the Kuala Lumpur High Court registry, it was stated that she was seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages.
Kok is also seeking an injunction to stop the Red Shirts leader and his agents from publicising further defamatory statements against her.
Speaking to reporters at the same High Court today, Kok’s lawyer Sankara Nair said that Jamal’s accusations were based on hearsay.
“She has a clean record in what she does. To say she had committed fraud and misused public money is a serious allegation,” he said.
“If Jamal is brave enough to accuse Kok, he should come forward and accept the writ of summons,” Sankara said, responding to questions on whether they had anticipated difficulties in serving the suit to the Umno leader.
Previously, lawyers for Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin told media that Jamal refused to accept the suits they had filed against him.
To a question on whether the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had call Kok to record her statement, she said the commission did not call her, and only raided her office last week.
In a statement last week, the DAP national vice-chairman said Jamal’s “false accusations” against her and her colleagues was a “dirty tactic” to defame them before the upcoming general election.
On Friday, MACC officers raided her office, asking for the original documents for Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE), which falls under the Yawas fund.
The raid was believed to be based on a series of police reports made by Jamal against her and her DAP colleagues.
The first was filed on March 14, claiming that politicians from the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor had taken funds meant for welfare from Yawas instead of disbursing the money to eligible recipients.
He identified Kok, Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim and a PKR rep whom he did not name, as the alleged culprits.
This is the third defamation suit against the Umno politician.
Maria had sued him last year for claiming Bersih has links with Islamic State (IS) while Zuraida sued him for accusing her as the mastermind over his bloody nose injury in a fracas involving his Red Shirts group and police at the Ampang Point shopping mall last November.