Court orders Utusan to pay RM50,000 to Guan Eng for defamation

Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng sued Utusan Malaysia and its feature and analysis editor. (AFP pic)

GEORGE TOWN: The High Court has ordered Utusan Malaysia (M) Bhd to pay RM30,000 in damages to former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng over the publication of a defamatory article in 2015.

Counsel N Mureli, representing Lim, told Bernama that Judge Rosilah Yop also ordered Utusan to pay costs of RM20,000 to Lim.

Lim filed the defamation suit against Utusan and its feature and analysis editor Zulkifli Jalil, as the first and second defendants respectively, over an article titled “Pengundi Atas Pagar Jadi Penentu?” published on April 10, 2015.

The article alleged that Lim had full powers over wakaf land and how it could be developed.

The analysis piece was written by Zulkifli and was published in Utusan’s print version and on its website.

On Sept 27, the case was solved after Zulkifli apologised to Lim in court as part of the consent judgment.