No settlement yet for Yeo’s RM5 million suit against Jamal

Minister Yeo Bee Yin and Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos at the mediation session today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos has yet to resolve the RM5 million lawsuit filed against him by Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

She sued Jamal last year for alleging she had abused funds from Selangor’s Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) when she was Damansara Utama assemblywoman.

Yeo’s lawyer SN Nair said today that she and Jamal needed to return to the court’s mediation centre on Jan 10, 2019, to update whether the RM5 million lawsuit could be settled out of court.

“We were left open ended during the session today,” he told reporters after attending the two-hour mediation session today.

He added it was only fair to Yeo if the settlement was reasonable.

Meanwhile, Jamal, the Sungai Besar Umno division leader, said he was trying his best to resolve the lawsuit.

The hearing will proceed from April 15 to 17, 2019, before High Court judge Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad if Jamal and Yeo cannot settle the lawsuit amicably.

In Yeo’s statement of claim, she said Jamal’s allegations, which were widely reported by the media, had painted her as a person who abused her power and acted unfairly, that she had abused government funds for her own use, that she was a politician unqualified to hold a party position, a liar and untrustworthy person, and unethical.

She claimed the reports had jeopardised her standing as a politician in the eyes of her party, party members, and her constituents.

It had also brought severe and irreparable damage to her character, credit and reputation both locally and internationally, and involved her in public scandal, and subjected her to hate and insults in the eyes of the community, she added.

She is seeking RM5 million in general damages, as well as compensatory, aggravated and exemplary damages.

She is also seeking an injunction to prevent Jamal from repeating his allegations.

Jamal had alleged last year that politicians from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor had taken funds meant for welfare aid from Yawas instead of disbursing the money to eligible recipients.

Jamal had also alleged that Yeo had taken money allocated for welfare aid, although no one had passed away. He added that he also had information from beneficiaries who did not get their due allocation.

Yeo subsequently refuted the allegations and produced 10 files filled with documents on payments related to the Senior Citizens Friendly Scheme under Yawas.