Kit Siang, ex-IGP Hanif may settle lawsuit out of court

Lim Kit Siang claims that former IGP Mohammed Hanif Omar had defamed him in a speech at UiTM in Shah Alam on Sept 6 last year.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and former inspector-general of police Mohammed Hanif Omar will try to settle their legal dispute out of court.

Lim’s counsel, Rayveni Asogan, said the High Court has given both parties until June 24 to see if they could resolve the defamation suit.

“Both parties are open to out-of-court settlement but it depends on what the terms of the settlement are. If there is no resolution, the court will proceed to set the trial date,” Rayveni said outside the court today.

Hanif’s counsel, Janani Kumari, was also present.

Lim filed the suit on Oct 17 last year, claiming that Hanif had, while giving a speech at a “Karamah Bangsa” convention at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam on Sept 6, claimed that Lim had intentionally ordered DAP to split Peninsular Malaysia into two to divide the Malays and the Chinese.

Lim also claimed that the statement was published in Sinar Harian daily.

In his statement of claim, the Iskandar Puteri MP claimed that Hanif had also maliciously caused the publication of the alleged defamatory statement in the Malaysiakini and FMT news portals on Sept 6 and 7.

Lim claimed that the statement had ruined his reputation as an MP and a public figure.

He also claimed that a letter dated Sept 12 was sent to the defendant to withdraw the statement and to apologise.

The defendant’s lawyer replied to the letter, denying the statement made against the plaintiff.

Lim is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages as well as an injunction to prohibit Hanif or any of his agents to repeat or republish the statements.