Malay rights group leader says sorry for using P-word against Waytha

Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Azwanddin Hamzah. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malay rights group leader Azwanddin Hamzah today apologised to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy for using a derogatory word against him in a gathering for fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim last year.

He tendered his apology for using the P-word against Waytha on Dec 26, 2018 in a consent judgment before High Court judicial commissioner Rohani Ismail.

The Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president also agreed to publish his apology on Facebook as well as in a Malay and Tamil daily.

Lawyer Annou Xavier, representing Waytha, said Azwanddin was also told to pay RM90,000 in general damages within 30 days.

Azwanddin, who represented himself, said he agreed to the terms of the judgment and promised not to republish the statement in question.

Waytha later told reporters he was relieved that the matter had come to an end after almost a year.

In his lawsuit, he said Azwanddin had used the derogatory word against him in an attempt to humiliate and insult him, and to instigate public hatred against him.

His lawyers had sent Azwanddin a letter of demand on Jan 8, telling the JMM leader to apologise within a week. However, Azwanddin refused to do so.

Azwanddin has also settled the lawsuit filed against him by Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok over his claim that she was involved in the Sri Maha Mariamman temple land dispute in Seafield.

Kok later filed committal proceedings against him for allegedly breaching the terms of settlement.