KUALA LUMPUR – 11 February, 2016: A Facebooker has been ordered by the Sessions Court here to publish a public apology via his personal Facebook account after being found guilty of defaming a former senior personnel of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas).
According to a report by Utusan Malaysia, aside from the apology, defendant Zulkifli Abd Rani was also ordered to pay a total of RM150,000 to plaintiff Norliza Kamaruddin.
Judge Nor Hazani Hamzah recorded the order after Zulkifli read his apology in the open court yesterday.
Zulkifli, who is a businessman had in his apology stated that his articles, which were published on his Facebook page, regarding Norliza’s alleged wrongdoings were written based on what he perceived as credible information.
However, he now realised that his articles were baseless and therefore expressed regrets for writing and publishing them.
“I would like to take this opportunity to rectify my wrongdoings and apologise for all the hardships and shame that befall the plaintiff and her family members due to all six articles that I have published.
“I hereby withdraw every allegations that I have made against Norliza and promised to never repeat such actions,” said Zulkifli.
Zulkifli was ordered to publish his apology in Facebook for forty-five days, starting yesterday.
The defendant had also agreed to pay the compensation to the plaintiff through four instalments with the first one being RM37,500.
Such payments must be paid before March 10 (first payment), April 10 (second payment), May 10 (third payment) and June 10 (fourth payment).
Norliza had filed a statement of claim in September last year on charges that the defendant had carelessly and maliciously made false statements about her.
Such an act, according to the plaintiff, was done with the intent to tarnish her personal and professional reputation.
Norliza was represented by lawyer Rishwant Singh.