KUALA LUMPUR: Red Shirts leader Jamal Md Yunos will be filing a defamation suit against Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, calling her a liar for claiming that he had apologised before the High Court judge on Tuesday.
Jamal said he had only retracted his remark claiming that he was given a bloody nose by her supporters, which settled the defamation action she had brought against him but did not apologise as she had claimed.
According to Jamal’s lawyer V Mugunthan, in the mediation before Justice S Nantha Balan, the Sungai Besar Umno division chief’s legal team had informed that Jamal would not specifically apologise to Zuraida.
“His stand was communicated to Zuraida’s lawyers, Latheefa Koya and N Surendran, and they had agreed with Zuraida’s approbation.
“Perusal of the statement clearly does not include the phrase ”meminta” or “memohon maaf” (apologise),” Mugunthan told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court here today.
Jamal, who was also present, said he was “shocked” over what had happened, despite him having spent four hours on Tuesday ironing out the statement that was read by him in court.
“I had retracted what I had said previously. Sadly, despite whatever was agreed upon, she had said some other things about me outside of the court.
“She said that I had apologised in front of the judge,” Jamal said, adding that Zuraida had also called him “crazy”.
He said he had looked up to the PKR Wanita chief as a sister, but claims that she is now a changed person after having made Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohammed her “boss”.
“She is someone that cannot be trusted and lies. She had not only lied once but many times, even outside the court (on Tuesday) she had lied.
“So I have asked my lawyers to file a defamation suit against Zuraida,” Jamal said.
Yesterday, one day after they settled the defamation action she had taken against him, Zuraida was reported to have advised Jamal to behave sensibly and not be headstrong.
She said she had given the same advice and a rebuke to Jamal during the hearing of her lawsuit in the High Court.
“When he made that wild accusation against me, many lawyers had contacted me offering to take up the case because they said I was sure to win.
“But it was a matter of principle to me, not of winning. I advised and admonished Jamal in court not to behave recklessly and speak nonsense, which was a sin.
“I want this to be a lesson to him not to throw his weight around,” Zuraida said.
On Nov 13 last year, Jamal and his supporters had followed Zuraida and her supporters to the Ampang Point shopping mall during a pre-Bersih 5 event by opposition parties.
A scuffle ensued when police tried to prevent Jamal and his supporters from following Zuraida.
Jamal was left with a bloody nose and he had told reporters that he was assaulted by Zuraida’s supporters, despite video of the incident clearly showing him being injured while in the scuffle with police.
In her suit filed on Nov 17 last year, Zuraida had asked for aggravated and general damages; an injunction to refrain Jamal or his agents from further publishing the defamatory words orally or via print media or the internet as well as costs.