Khalid awarded RM80,000 damages in suit against govt-linked Islamic body

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today awarded RM80,000 in damages to Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad in his defamation suit against the CEO of the Malaysian Islamic Strategic Research Institute (Iksim).

Judge Rohani Ismail said Khalid, who is now federal territories minister, had proven his case against Mahamad Nasir Desa on the balance of probability.

Lawyer Faiz Fadzil, representing Khalid, said the judge also ordered Mahamad to issue his client a public apology in a newspaper and pay RM20,000 in costs.

Khalid, a three-term MP, filed the suit for slander against Mahamad in 2017 over the latter’s claim that the Amanah leader was against the tabling of amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act.

Mahamad claimed the act could not be amended because “Shah Alam residents have sent a parliamentarian to oppose the bill”.

According to Khalid, Mahamad said this in a speech during an event organised by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department at a mosque in Bukit Jelutong in September 2017.

His remark was also published on the website of Malay rights group Isma.

Khalid said he had never stated that he opposed the act, and that Mahamad’s allegations were false.