KUALA LUMPUR — Sept. 29, 2017: The High Court today ordered Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to pay RM150,000 in general damages to opposition politician Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for defamation at a ceramah in Lembah Pantai in 2008.
Judge Azizul Azmi Adnan ruled that the defamatory words uttered by Khairy were serious as the case involved a well-known politician.
“The words were uttered at a public function and were published and spread widely to others,” he said.
The judge also ordered Khairy to pay RM60,000 in costs. However, he dismissed Anwar’s application for aggravated damages after finding there was no element of malice.
The court also dismissed Khairy’s application to amend his statement of defence to say that his remark was fair comment.
The case was initially solved after 12 witnesses testified after the trial commenced on in September 2016. However, Khairy filed an application to amend his statement of defence.
Anwar filed the suit in 2008, seeking RM100 million in damages and claiming that Khairy had uttered defamatory words against him and caused the publication of a video clip titled “Anwar and kin no threat” on news portals. Anwar claimed that the video clip contained part of the defamatory speech.
Counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for Khairy said they would file an appeal on Monday. — Bernama