Court strikes out Synergy Promenade suit against ex-MP

Former Muar MP Razali Ibrahim filed the application to strike out the suit in October last year. (Gambar Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today struck out a RM100 million defamation suit against former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Razali Ibrahim, filed by Synergy Promenade Sdn Bhd (SPSB).

SPSB sued the former Muar MP over his statement on the company’s involvement in the Kuala Lumpur Vertical City (KLVC) project at Jalan Semarak here.

Lawyer Chetan Jethwani, representing SPSB, told reporters that the decision was made in chambers by judge Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad on grounds that the statement by Razali was not defamatory.

A lawyer from Messrs Gideon Tan Razali Zaini, representing Razali, confirmed the matter and said the court also ordered SPSB to pay her client costs of RM3,000.

Razali filed the application to strike out the suit in October last year on grounds that there was no reasonable cause of action for the property developer to sue him.

SPSB filed the suit on July 16, claiming Razali had issued several false and baseless statements on the company’s involvement in the KLVC project, and that the action had tarnished the company’s reputation.

The company sought RM100 million in damages and an apology as well as an injunction to prevent Razali from repeating and/or publishing the defamatory statements.

SPSB, in a statement, said the company would appeal against today’s decision at the Court of Appeal.