After arrest warrant, ex-Malay rights leader claims not notified of hearing

Azwanddin Hamzah was issued with an arrest warrant for failing to show up in court in a contempt case filed by DAP’s Teresa Kok.

PETALING JAYA: A former Malay rights group leader today pleaded for the high court to review his arrest warrant, claiming he was not notified about a contempt case filed by DAP’s Teresa Kok, contrary to claims otherwise.

The warrant of arrest against Azwanddin Hamzah was issued after he failed to appear for a proceeding.

Kok, the former primary industries minister, was allowed to initiate committal proceedings against Azwanddin for failing to honour an out-of-court settlement over a defamation suit last year.

She sued Azwanddin for claiming that she was involved in the land dispute concerning the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple.

But Azwanddin claimed he did not receive any notice or call by Kok’s lawyer or the courts to attend the hearing.

“If I had received a notice or a call from the lawyer representing Teresa Kok it is certain I would have attended and cooperated.

“I have been in touch with the lawyer representing Teresa Kok several times before and they too have my number and have in the past contacted me,” he said, in a statement, possibly referring to SN Nair.

Yesterday, Nair said they had informed Azwanddin “many times to come to court”.

Kok settled her suit against Azwanddin last year over a claim he made at a gathering for fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim that she was involved in the temple land dispute.

Azwanddin was supposed to pay an undisclosed sum of money as part of the consent judgment as well as publish an apology in three newspapers – The Star, Sin Chew Daily and Sinar Harian.

Kok previously said she was never involved in the temple land dispute and the riots that took place in November 2018 and Azwanddin’s statement was “clearly motivated by bad motive and malicious intentions”.

Azwanddin also said he had already issued an open apology to Kok and that the report on his apology was published by Malaysiakini last year.