PUTRAJAYA: National Felda Settlers’ Children’s Association (Anak) president Mazlan Aliman who was declared a bankrupt for failing to pay damages in a defamation suit has finally settled the amount.
His lawyer Hassan Abdul Karim said Mazlan, who was sued by Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), paid RM793,396 to the Insolvency Department in Johor Baru last week.
“As a result, I have been instructed to withdraw an appeal on a bankruptcy proceeding pending before the Federal Court,” he told reporters after a case management before a deputy court registrar today.
Hassan said the court had also instructed him to file a notice of discontinuance which he would do so by next week.
The lawyer, who is also Pasir Gudang MP, said Mazlan had engaged another counsel to annul the bankruptcy order issued by a High Court in Johor Baru on Nov 30, 2016.
Due to the order, Mazlan was barred from contesting in the just concluded general election.
In the suit filed in 2009, Felda said Mazlan and printer Angkatan Edaran Enterprise Sdn Bhd had made the libellous remarks in a book published a year earlier.
In its statement of claim, Felda said the defendants had published defamatory words which affected its reputation and goodwill as a statutory body.
It said Felda was set up to help the government to carry out rural land development schemes and to uplift the living standards of the individuals there.
In 2015, the High Court found Mazlan and the printer liable and ordered them to pay RM350,000 in damages and another RM150,000 in costs.
The Court of Appeal and the Federal Court in 2016 affirmed the decision and also ordered another RM20,000 in costs to Felda.
Hassan said Felda asked Mazlan to settle the judgment sum which was inclusive of interest payment but his client was unable to comply.
Felda subsequently instituted bankruptcy proceedings that led the High Court to issue an order.