Nurul Izzah said the report by Utusan Malaysia was profit-driven, without caring for her reputation, dignity and pride (Photo by Hussein Shaharuddin/ The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Nurul Izzah Anwar today filed a defamation suit against Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad, in relation to her alleged statement that religious freedom for Malays was twisted.
The Lembah Pantai member of parliament was reported to have made the statement at a recent forum.
She filed the writ of summons through Messrs Mohamed Hanipa & Associates at the High Court registry office here, naming Utusan Group Editor-in-Chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak and Utusan Melayu as first and second defendants, respectively.
In her statement of claim, Nurul Izzah said Utusan Melayu, through its newspaper, had published four articles which contained defamatory words on Nov 6 and Nov 7.
She said, the defamatory words, if understood in its natural meaning, among others meant that she (Nurul Izzah) intended for the Malays to apostatise from Islam and encouraged them not to lead life, according to the Islamic way.
Nurul Izzah also claimed that the words meant, she held an opinion that Malays were free to choose other religions besides Islam, and that she was a hypocrite leader and could not be trusted.
She contended that, the defendants' action to publish the defamatory words was intended to sensationalise the news, with the aim of gaining profit without caring for her reputation, dignity and pride.
Nurul Izzah, who was represented by lawyer Mohamed Hanipa Maidin, wants the two defendants to make an apology and withdraw the alleged defamation against her, to be made within 24 hours from the date of the court order.
She is also seeking general, exemplary and aggravated damages and costs deemed fit by the court.
Met by reporters at the court lobby, Nurul Izzah expressed her willingness to meet the Sultan of Selangor to explain the issue. --BERNAMA