KUALA LUMPUR — July 12, 2019: A High Court today allowed an application by Umno’s Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman to strike out a suit by Damansara MP Tony Pua Kiam Wee and Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook over his claim that the DAP had sought to do away with the monarchy system.
Lawyer Farhan Haziq Mohamad for Loke and Pua said Judicial Commissioner Datuk Seri Latifah Mohd. Tahar decided this in chambers after meeting him and Tajuddin’s lawyer Datuk Hasnal Reza Merican.
The court allowed the defendant’s application without costs and on the grounds that the plaintiffs did not plead the defendant had caused publication of a defamatory article.
“So now I need to get a direction from my clients whether to appeal or file a new one,” said Farhan.
Tajuddin filed the application on May 8 on grounds that the words he uttered did not refer to the plaintiffs’ post or profession.
Pua, a political secretary to the finance minister, and Loke, who is Seremban MP, filed the suit in March last year over a speech Tajuddin had made on the eve of the Sungai Kandis by-election on August 3.
They claimed that Tajuddin had said they were Christians and, together with their colleagues in the DAP, had worked to spread the religion and abolish the monarchy.
Pua and Loke also claimed that Tajuddin had accused them of working to establish a system of government like Singapore’s.
Both also claimed that Tajuddin’s statement had given the impression they were using their position to advance their political agenda. — Bernama