KUALA LUMPUR — July 27, 2017: A High Court today rejected former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s ex-parte application for leave to initiate contempt proceedings against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Mukhriz had filed the application against Najib for allegedly issuing a statement through his blog relating to the defamation suit by Mukhriz against the PM’s press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad.
Judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim made the decision after finding that Mukhriz had failed to establish a prima facie case.
Zaidi said the statement posted by Najib on July 7 had nothing to do with Mukhriz’s defamation trial scheduled for July 13.
“I have read the prime minister’s blog and found nothing in the statement that referred to the statement of claims in the defamation suit filed by Mukhriz against Tengku Sarifuddin.
“The court also found that there was no word in the statement that referred to the trial of a defamation case and those who read the blog will not conclude that the prime minister’s statement had touched on an ongoing defamation trial,” he said.
The court also found that the statement did not put pressure or pose a burden on the court to make its decision on the case.
“The plaintiff (Mukhriz) has failed to prove that he deserves to be allowed to institute the proceedings. The court hereby reject this application without cost,” remarked Zaidi.
Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla representing Mukhriz told reporters they would file an appeal. Najib was represented by lawyer Wan Azmir Wan Majid.
The court also set October 6 to hear another ex-parte application by Mukhriz against Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab. Aziz Kaprawi.
On July 18 Mukhriz filed the application to initiate contempt proceedings against Aziz for allegedly issuing a media statement on the defamation trial, which was published by Sinar Online on July 15. — Bernama