KUALA LUMPUR: An Umno member today tendered his apology to PKR Wangsa Maju MP Tan Yee Kew for making defamatory statements on Facebook by linking her to an accused person in a case of insulting Prophet Muhammad.
Mohd Zaid Zulkafli apologised to Tan before High Court judge Ahmad Bache over three defamatory statements on his Facebook account on March 3 and 4.
“I apologise for my mistakes for linking her to one ‘Alvin Chow’ who insulted the Prophet, and for lodging a police report against her,” he said.
Zaid also promised not to repeat or republish the defamatory statements against Tan.
“I will delete the Facebook posts I made on those two dates immediately,” he said.
The judge thanked both Zaid and Tan for reaching a settlement.
Tan later told reporters she accepted Zaid’s apology and hoped that her case would serve as a lesson to others on not making statements without checking on the facts first.
Hawker Chow Mun Fai, who used the name of ‘Alvin Chow’ on social media, was sentenced to 30 months in jail by the Sessions Court on Aug 6 on charges of insulting the Prophet.
Tan filed the defamation suit against Zaid on May 2 after he had linked her to the social media user.
She said Zaid’s Facebook posts had tarnished her reputation as a PKR MP and she had been ridiculed for her alleged involvement with ‘Alvin Chow’.
Lawyers Abd Halim Abdul Karim and Nur Izzaida Zamani represented Tan while counsel Logendran Narayanan appeared for Zaid.