KUALA LUMPUR – May 21, 2020: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba is suing the Centre to Combat, Corruption and Cronyism (C4) after the non-governmental organisation refused to apologise for allegedly defaming him.
Adham’s lawyer Nasser Yusof yesterday briefed his client about C4’s negative reply to the letter of demand (LOD) sent eight days ago. After the briefing Adham instructed him to start preparing the suit.
“I’m in the midst of drafting it. He (Dr Adham) wants to refute the negative perceptions [that manifested due to the C4’s article] and clear his name from all the slander,” said Nasser.
Adham had, since last week, been heavily criticised following C4’s article which tried to link him to a company currently under probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over a RM30-million government procurement deal.
In his LOD, Adham is seeking RM30 million in damages and a public apology from C4. He has denied any link to the company.
C4’s lawyers however on Tuesday said the NGO refused to apologise, citing the article as being of public interest and that it was honestly made.
“Our client’s statement was honestly made and no malice was intended. Nor can any be properly inferred,” said the reply by C4’s lawyers at Messrs Asheeq Ali and company.
The lawyers also described Adham’s claim about the defamatory innuendoes laced in the article as far-fetched.