Khalid’s suit against Iksim chief to go for trial

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today dismissed a bid by the leader of the Malaysian Islamic Strategic Research Institute (Iksim), to strike out a lawsuit filed against him by Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad.

High Court judicial commissioner Rohani Ismail ruled that there were triable issues that needed to be decided in a full hearing.

The trial will begin on Nov 13.

Khalid, the three-term MP for Shah Alam, filed the suit against Iksim’s CEO Mahamad Naser Disa last year over Naser’s claim that the Amanah leader was against the tabling of amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act.

Mahamad claimed the act could not be amended because “Shah Alam residents have sent a parliamentarian to oppose the bill”.

According to Khalid, Mahamad said this in a speech during an event organised by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) at a mosque in Bukit Jelutong last September.

His remark was also published on the website of Malay rights group Isma.

Khalid said he had never stated that he opposed the act, and that Mahamad’s allegations were false.

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