DAP leaders go ahead with suit against Jamal after negotiations break down

Jamal Yunos is being sued over remarks alleging abuse of funds by two DAP leaders.

KUALA LUMPUR: Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos has failed to settle two lawsuits brought against him by two DAP leaders.

Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin and Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok sued the Sungai Besar Umno chief in 2017 for alleging they misused funds from Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas).

Their lawyer, Sankara Nair, said no settlements had been reached between them and Jamal.

“We have informed both trial judges over the status of the cases today and they will proceed for a full trial in April,” he said.

Yeo’s lawsuit will be heard before High Court judge Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad on April 26, while Kok’s suit will be heard before High Court judge Ahmad Bache on April 29 and 30.

Yeo and Jamal met last month to mediate the lawsuit but could not reach an agreement.

Yeo said Jamal had painted her as a person who abused government funds and portrayed her as unqualified to hold a party position, as well as a liar and an untrustworthy person.

She is seeking RM5 million in general damages, as well as other compensation.

Kok claimed Jamal’s statements had tarnished her reputation as a senior politician in DAP and painted her as a corrupt person.

“The accusations by Jamal were baseless as I did not abuse my powers to obtain funds from Yawas,” she said in her statement of claim.

She is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages as well as an injunction against Jamal from publicising further defamatory statements.

Jamal had alleged in 2017 that politicians from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor had taken funds meant for welfare aid from Yawas instead of disbursing the money to eligible recipients.