PUTRAJAYA — July 2, 2020: The Federal Court will proceed to hear contempt proceedings against online news portal Malaysiakini over its readers’ comments against the Judiciary.
A seven-member bench chaired by Court of Appeal president Datuk Rohana Yusuf today ruled that there was prima facie evidence to proceed with the hearing starting July 13,
Rohana, among others, said the panel found that Malaysiakini had, as presumed in law, facilitated the publication of the comments.
The decision effectively dismissed the portal’s application, filed last Thursday, to set aside the Federal Court’s previous decision to grant leave for the case to go on.
Others on the panel were Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim, Datuk Seri Mohd. Zawawi Salleh, Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan, Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat and Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun had filed an application dated June 15 to initiate the proceedings against Mkini Dot Com Sdn. Bhd. and Malaysiakini’s chief editor over five comments from readers under a June 9 news report titled “CJ orders all courts to be fully operational from July 1”.
Idrus had stated that the comments contained words which the two parties should have known were an insult to the Judiciary and the chief justice which threatened public confidence towards the Judiciary as well as insulting and tarnishing its dignity and integrity.