KUALA LUMPUR — April 21, 2017: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is suing Petaling Jaya Utara member of parliament Tony Pua for slander regarding Pua’s video statement about the tabling of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 Bill (RUU355).
Najib filed the lawsuit in his personal capacity through Messrs. Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak today.
In his statement of claim, Najib said Pua had made a statement at the Parliament lobby on April 6 which was recorded and uploaded by the defendant and/or his agents at his official Facebook page Tony Pua.
The plaintiff claimed that the video clip titled “BN Govt abandons all Bills to give precedence to PAS RUU355 Private Member’s Bill” could be widely and freely accessed through the Internet.
Najib alleged that the defendant’s statement had specifically referred to him and could be taken to mean that he had abused his power by giving an order through the Cabinet to the Dewan Rakyat speaker to allow the motion by the Marang member of parliament on the Private Member’s Bill and to set aside other Bills.
He alleged that the statement could also be taken to mean that he had ignored the doctrine of separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judiciary, had conspired with PAS to split the Malay votes among the opposition parties and a leader who practised dirty politics to hang on to power.
Najib said the statement had seriously defamed and caused him to be brought into public scandal, odium and contempt before friends, associates and the general public in the country and internationally.
He said the defendant without any feeling of remorse or regret continued to slander him with same old issues for which he had filed a defamation suit with the high court here on May 3, 2015.
According to Najib, the defendant’s action to slander him with the same old issued clearly showed malicious intent and that the defendant’s disparaging words had caused serious damage and strained the relationship between him and people and the international community.
On April 11, the plaintiff sent a notice to the defendant demanding that he stopped slandering him and to issue an apology in writing within seven days from the date. However, the defendant failed to respond.
Najib is seeking general and exemplary damages, costs and interest and other relief deemed fit by the court from the date of judgement and also an injunction to restrain the defendant or his agents in whatever manner from further defaming him.
The court today granted the plaintiff’s ex-parte application for an injunction to prevent the defendant from publishing the same or similar words as contained in the latter’s statement.
Najib’s lawyer Datuk Mohd. Hafarizam Harun told reporters that justice Abu Bakar Jais set May 5 for an inter-parte hearing of the injunction. — Bernama