Anwar last year filed suit against Mazlan Ismail, Sistem Televisyen Malaysia (TV3), and Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd, alleging that Mazlan had caused TV3 and Utusan Malaysia to carry publish news that defamed him in 2013.
Anwar Ibahim is suing Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd and Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd (TV3) for allegedly linking him to the intrusion by an armed Sulu group in Lahad Datu.
He said that Utusan Melayu had published a defamatory statement in Utusan Malaysia on March 2 while TV3 had broadcast the news through Buletin Utama between 8pm and 9pm on the same day with malicious intent.
He said the statements had implied that he was a threat to national security, a traitor and involved in terrorism.
He said the defamatory words had meant that he was not fit to hold the Opposition Leader’s position or public office and was untrustworthy.
25 January 2018
We reported unverified allegations Anwar was corrupt, says TV3 reporter
A TV3 journalist in a defamation suit by Anwar Ibrahim, told the court today it was not his job to verify information before airing a news snippet.
Selwam Arjunan, 34, told the Kuala Lumpur High Court he did not verify the accuracy of comments made by former Permatang Pauh BN candidate Mazlan Ismail, who alleged Anwar and the late Karpal Singh had bribed judges and prosecutors.
“Did you deliberately choose to publish information you knew was not verified?” asked Anwar’s lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo, to which Selwam replied, “Yes”.
Selwam, the station’s northern regional correspondent, was repeatedly pressed on the issue of verifying information by Sangeet during cross-examination today.
“It is not my job to determine the truth,” he said at one point.
Selwam, in his written statement, also said: “Given the tone, style and overall manner of the report, I did not feel the need to obtain any verification or comments from the plaintiff (Mazlan) or any other parties at the time the report was aired.”
In the TV3 news snippet, shown in court today, Mazlan was seen during a press conference holding bags containing the letters. The news snippet also highlighted portions of the letters.
In justifying running the story without verification, Selwam said the news station has a daily news cycle and its journalists are required to meet the deadline before the news cycle ends.
“(It was necessary to run the story) because it was a press conference called by Mazlan to inform us about the letters he received.
“It was not me that invented the issue, it was the first defendant. As a broadcast journalist, we have to publish the same day,” Selwam testified.
Earlier Selwam acknowledged Buletin Utama, the one hour prime time news programme that airs at 8pm nightly, reaches between 2.5 to 3 million viewers.
Asked if he knew TV3 was owned by Media Prima, which in turn is Umno-controlled, Selwam replied he was not sure.
When questioned later by Media Prima’s lawyer TH Liew what his job entailed, Selwam replied again: “It’s not my job to determine the truth. My job was to convey the contents of the press conference.”
23 January 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today lamented in court that, as a prisoner, he has no freedom to obtain relevant documents regarding a police interview conducted in the Sungai Buloh prison two years ago.
In testifying at his lawsuit against former political opponent Mazlan Ismail of Umno, broadcaster Sistem Televisyen Malaysia (TV3) and publisher Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd in the High Court, he said he was unable to ask for anything from the police.
“I am now in prison and I am not a free man. I do not have an office in Sungai Buloh like I used to,” he said, in response to TV3’s lawyer Liew Teck Huat.
Liew had asked whether he could provide any documents that he had been asked to sign by the police, to the court, in his defamation case.
Anwar said a police officer only met him two years after he and the late Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh had lodged a police report at the Jinjang police station on Aug 4, 2013 over statements by Mazlan that were published by Utusan and aired on TV3. The interview happened after he was imprisoned.
He claimed he had lodged the report as Mazlan’s allegations implied that he had bribed the judiciary and prosecutors.
Pointing at TV3,
@anwaribrahim reminds media not to repeat or spread slander
Be responsible in seeking the truth, don’t repeat or spread slander, and don’t help others to spread slander, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur heard today.
These are the reminders given by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim to the media, especially TV3, when he testified in a defamation suit he filed against former BN candidate Mazlan Ismail, Sistem Televisyen (M) Bhd (TV3) and Utusan Malaysia.
Anwar, 70, who was cross-examined by TV3’s counsel TH Liew, agreed with the lawyer that the allegation made in the poison pen letter highlighted by Mazlan alleging he and the late Karpal Singh had bribed the judiciary and the Attorney-General’s Chambers was of public importance.
However, he said, the media should report it truthfully.
Anwar added that in this case, both TV3 or Umno-owned Utusan did not contact him for verification.
“If TV3 acted in good faith, then why they did not contact me to verify. There is clear malice (with the report which was aired) and it was made in bad faith,” he told the court presided by Justice Faizah Jamaluddin.
“The media should be responsible in seeking the truth and not repeat or spread slander or help others to spread slander.”
22 January 2018
Mazlan Ismail was the former Permatang Pauh PAS Youth division chief who later joined Umno and contested against him in 2013. He is now Chairman of the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
Mazlan yet to produce ‘6,000 letters’ linking Karpal, Anwar to graft, court told
UNTIL today, Umno politician Mazlan Ismail had not produced the thousands of letters he claimed he possessed which allegedly linked the late Karpal Singh and Anwar Ibrahim to corruption, the court heard today.
“The PKR office, my office and Karpal’s office never received any letters. Karpal and I did not receive any information that he (Mazlan) has delivered (the letters) to our office. Up until today he has not handed over any letters,” said Anwar, in reply to a question from his lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo during a hearing on his defamation suit against Mazlan, TV3 and Utusan.
Anwar is suing the three parties for defamation over TV3 and Utusan’s reports of Mazlan’s claim that more than 6,000 letters linking Anwar and Karpal to graft were in his possession.
“A person is responsible only for the words that he utters. Even if the media goes on to summarise what he has said, they have to use the words that Mazlan used. This is what we want to establish (to show) whether what my client said is defamatory,” said Mazlan’s counsel Hasnal Rezua Merican after the court adjourned
“The letters contained defamatory information but my client has said that he cannot comment as he subjected to Bafia and he will let Anwar and Karpal explain (their roles in it).”
Anwar claims no action despite cops clearing him of S’pore bank account
Anwar Ibrahim claimed that the authorities did not pursue the findings of a police investigation with regard to a report he had filed in September 2013.
The police report concerned an allegation that Anwar and his late lawyer Karpal Singh had bribed the judiciary.
Testifying at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in his defamation suit today, the former opposition leader claimed that police investigations had cleared him of having a bank account in Singapore.
“They (police) found that such a bank account in Singapore does not exist despite the allegation made (on bribing the judiciary mentioning the account).
“This was revealed to me by the investigating officer when he came to investigate me at the Sungai Buloh prison. I was expecting action to be taken against the defamation made against me but I suppose those higher up did not.
“This is the state of the law in this country,” he added during cross-examination by former BN candidate for Permatang Pauh Mazlan Ismail’s (photo) lawyer Hasnal Rezua Merican.
Anwar, who also named Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd and Utusan Malaysia as defendants, said Mazlan, who now chairs the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), did not take action despite knowing he (Anwar) did not have such an account.
11 July 2017
Editor: Source materials did not link Anwar to Lahad Datu
A TV3 news editor today testified that reports by Reuters and Filipino news organisations did not cite PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim as the “dalang” (puppet master) behind the Lahad Datu incursion in 2013.
Kamaruddin Mape, 48, said this after being asked to read three news articles while under cross-examination by Anwar’s lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan and identify if her client was identified by these news reports.
Kamaruddin is a defence witness in Anwar’s RM100 million defamation suit against TV3 and Utusan Malaysia. Utusan retracted their article on expressed regret to Anwar last October.
Anwar: TV3’s Lahad Datu incursion report seriously slandered me
Former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim views as serious slander and defamatory accusation a prime time news report by in Sistem Televisyen (M) Bhd (TV3) that linked him with the militant incursion into Lahad Datu, Sabah.
Anwar, 69, said the report carried by TV3 on March 5, 2013, injured him and Pakatan Rakyat as many people were confused and poisoned by the propaganda as it was close to the general election held that year.
“The report is as if I am a traitor to the country and am willing to allow the incursion into a territory in my own country. The report has tarnished my image and credibility as an opposition leader.
“They (TV3) did not give me an opportunity to reply but continued to attack me. TV3’s action has violated media ethics, civility, culture and Islam,” Anwar said.
Anwar, who is also de facto PKR leader, was testifying in his RM100 million suit against TV3 on a report aired by its Buletin Utama programme, claiming that he was one of the dalang (persons behind) the Lahad Datu incursion, and it also quoted an Utusan Malaysia report.
UMNO-owned Utusan Malaysia has expressed regret over an article they published linking incarcerated former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to the armed incursion in Lahad Datu, Sabah.
26 March 2017
Anwar is now being accused of having links with Nur Misuari, and this is based on a five-year-old leak by WikiLeaks. While it is a fact that Anwar did know Misuari as the governor of the Autonomous Region of Mindanao, the latest government spin on this link smells fishy.
How can anyone trust these US diplomatic leaks?
KL-based Amir Ali works for an Indonesian NGO called the Warisan Melayu Riau, which is based in Bengkalis, Riau.
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There’s much at stake in Sabah
The fact that individuals in the highest levels of the Malaysian and Philippine governments are suspicious of a conspiracy does much to lend credence to the possibility.
By Nile Bowie
Both the Malaysian and Philippine governments have launched official investigations into allegations that figures within Malaysia’s political opposition had a hand in aiding the Sulu gunmen.
Reuters cited an anonymous Filipino military officer who claimed that Sulu rebels were “invited to Sabah by a Malaysian opposition politician”.
The blame has been laid on Malaysia’s Opposition Leader, Anwar Ibrahim, who Malaysian reports say has links to Filipino insurgent networks that have long eyed the resource-rich state of Sabah in northern eastern Borneo.
Local journalist Adrian Lai recently unearthed classified diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Manila brought to light by WikiLeaks, which document ties between Nur Misuari, former chairmen of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and Malaysia’s Anwar.
The MNLF is a political movement that pitted itself against predominately Christian Manila by seeking political autonomy for Muslim majority provinces in the islands in the southern Philippines.
In 2001, Manila accused Misuari of terrorism when he led an MNLF unit that attacked an outpost of the Philippine army, prompting him to seek refuge in Sabah on the assumption that authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia would empathize with him and block his extradition.
Misuari was detained by Malaysian security forces in Sabah and sent back to the Philippines where he was jailed until 2008.
WikiLeaks cables claim that Misuari detested the Malaysian government for turning him over to Philippine authorities and that he was “a strong advocate for the recovery of Sabah”.
The cables claim that Misuari boasted that his militias could invade Sabah in the span of two hours. WikiLeaks has also confirmed that Misauri maintained close connections to Anwar and that the two had met on several occasions.
Nile Bowie is an independent political analyst and photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He can be reached at email@example.com.
24 March 2013
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Hisham may be trying to link Anwar Ibrahim’s name with “third parties”!
“And when I say third parties, it does not only involve individual like Misuari who has been making comments, but also organisations like (Philippines Islamic militant group) Abu Sayyaf and (regional terrorist group) Jemaah Islamiyah,” he said.
‘Anwar met Misuari several times’
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein confirms rumours that the opposition leader met the Moro National Liberation Front chieftain several times.
GOMBAK: Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein today revealed that Opposition Leader and PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim met up with Philippines’ Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari several times before the Lahad Datu incursions.
“I was told that he has met with (Nur Misuari) several times, but I cannot confirm how many times they have met,” he said.
“But whether it was Anwar or third parties who wanted to take advantage of the situation, I would like to remind them that the people, especially those in Sabah, are with us,” he told reporters after launching the Gombak BN Youth machinery today.
He said this when asked to comment on reports, especially in pro-Umno blogs, that suggested that Anwar’s meetings with Nur Misuari allegedly had links with the invasion of Lahad Datu by followers of the self-claimed Sultan of Sulu in February.
23 March 2013
Anwar claims of BN plot to implicate him in Sulu clampdown
March 23, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has alleged of a plot by the Najib administration to include him in its Sulu dragnet, saying last night he was sure he would soon be accused of paying the group of Filipino militants to start the armed incursion in Sabah.
The opposition leader, however, said this would not affect his determination but would instead inspire him further in his goal of toppling Barisan Nasional (BN) from Putrajaya in the coming polls.
“Accuse me, slander me, but don’t expect me to surrender,” Anwar (picture) was quoted as saying by PAS organ Harakah Daily in a ceramah at Puteri Centre Park, Bandar Tasik Puteri here last night.
According to the daily, Anwar was likely referring to the declaration in the Tawau High Court on Wednesday by one of the men charged with engaging in terrorism in Sabah that he had been asked and paid to do so by someone.
PKR de facto head Anwar Ibrahim has clarified that Philippine president Benigno Aquino III had never implicated him in connection with the Sulu incursion into Lahad Datu, Sabah.
At a press conference at PKR headquarters today, Anwar cited Filipino sources as having informed him that Aquino had only suggested that the opposition in the Philippines had a hand in the intrusion.
“We, as the opposition (in Malaysia were) never mentioned,” he said.
However, he said he would not be surprised if the Malaysian authorities confirm his alleged involvement.
“I have good reason to suspect that there is a clear mark to implicate us in this whole episode,” he added.
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‘Govt practising selective prosecution’
An NGO is wondering why it’s Tian Chua who’s being charged and not Ibrahim Ali, Ridhuan Tee and Dr Mahathir Mohamad who said ‘worse things’.
PETALING JAYA: The charging of PKR vice-president Tian Chua under the Sedition Act proves that the government practises selective prosecution, said a coalition of Indian NGOs.
Angkatan Warga Aman (WargaAman) secretary-general S Barathidasan questioned the government’s rationale in suing Tian Chua while turning a blind eye to those who spew racist comments.
“We lodged several police reports against academician Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali and former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“They said worse things, insulting other races and one even threatened to burn Malay language Bibles. Why no action is taken against them?” asked Barathidasan.
THEY GO FOR TIAN CHUA FIRST.
Who is next? Azmin Ali (PKR deputy president), Gobind Singh (DAP MP for Puchong), or Anwar Ibrahim?
Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:55
TIAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Desperate Najib fears losing Sabah, other PR leaders may be next
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
Surendran and Latheefa, who are also senior PKR members, warned that more Opposition leaders would soon be charged including Anwar Ibrahim, the de-facto head of the Pakatan Rakyat. The Umno media has already been insinuating that Anwar had masterminded the Lahad Datu intrusion, which has proved to be a political calamity for Najib as he readies to call for the country’s 13th general election.
“Several Opposition leaders such as (PKR deputy president) Azmin Ali, (DAP MP for Puchong) Gobind Singh are being questioned and we expect more will soon be questioned. Media dan pemimpin Umno serang, Attorney-General dan polis kutuk (Umno media and leaders attack, the Attorney-General and the police prosecute) … so they work together,” said Surendran.
“There is still an ongoing vicious attack against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. We expect they will also try to take action there even thought there is no basis for the lies and the slander against the Opposition Leader with regard to the Lahad Datu (intrusion) which is a national security (matter). The Umno government is politicizing the issue by going after the Opposition leaders.”
WILL ANWAR BE ARRESTED, AND SOON? Not only does Anwar Ibrahim himself expect that it could happen but he is also ready for it. He says, “I will face it!”
On 9 March, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim told the 5,000-strong crowd that the federal government is trying to put him in jail by claiming that he had instigated the ongoing Sabah incursion.
“To me, the media is trying to slandar me with the Lahad Datu issue. Maybe they are trying to bring me there.
“They are threatening me yet again. But I say: I will face it. I won’t back down,” he said.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 11:35
If Anwar is arrested, M’sians must stand up to Najib: Don’t make a mockery of Lahad Datu – Azmin
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
“This (arresting Anwar) is not something new. Only this time we would ask the people to rise up – bangkit lah – and give a strong warning to the government – don’t play politics with national security,” Azmin told a press conference on Tuesday.
Later on the sidelines of the conference, Azmin told Malaysia Chronicle it was clear from the massive public support for the Bersih movement for free and fair polls that Malaysians wanted a clean election.
The people would not tolerate any conspiracies that might be hatched “in the last mile” by the ruling Umno-BN coalition to cling to power, he added. He was confident that Umno-BN could no longer resort to strong-arm tactic to quell the opposition as it had done in the past.
“For 15 years we have lived under the shadow of fear so much so we are no longer afraid. We are very confident the people will not allow themselves to be deceived by such atrocious politicking. This is the ultimate in the Umno-BN’s politics of dishonesty and deceit,” said Azmin.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 00:37
LATEST UMNO CONSPIRACY? Anwar may be arrested soon – Rafizi warns
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
here is mounting fear that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim might be arrested soon, with Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling Umno party charging him for allegedly masterminding the Lahad Datu intrusion.
Members of Anwar’s PKR party fear the worst may happen, based on information received from high-level sources as well as from reading a recent chain of “orchestrated” events they worry are aimed to create hate towards the 64-year-old leader.
A resurgent Anwar is widely expected to form and lead the next federal government, and if he is ‘taken down’, the Opposition’s advance could well be stymied.
“I think it is my duty to at least not to underestimate any of this possibility because the stakes are very high. If you talk to anyone, it is clear to all that there is every likelihood that Pakatan Rakyat is going to win,” PRK strategy director Rafizi Ramli told Malaysia Chronicle.
“I think initially we dismissed it but once you start looking at how the orchestration has taken place in the last 2 weeks and the whole message seems to converge on implicating Anwar Ibrahim as the person behind the whole thing, I don’t think it is far-fetched for us to take that precaution because this country has seen things worse than that. If they had subjected Anwar Ibrahim to two cases of made-up sodomy charges, I don’t think it is beyond them to implicate Anwar Ibrahim one way or another as political capital this close to election. So we are monitoring, we do our best to gather as much information but I think the public also has to take vigilance if there is any attempt to implicate Anwar Ibrahim with what is happening in Sabah, I think it should be rejected immediately because it is nothing more than Umno’s political ploy.”
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PKR: Anwar may be arrested over Lahad Datu
PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said that the opposition leader may be arrested soon to divert public attention from the government’s failure in handling the intrusion into Lahad Datu.
PETALING JAYA: It is highly probable that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim may be arrested soon for supposedly being involved in the Lahad Datu intrusion, said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
He said this was the government’s way of trying to divert public attention from its mistakes in handling the Lahad Datu issue.
“For the past 15 years, they [government] have tried blaming Anwar for everything wrong in the country.
“But to link him to the Lahad Datu incident is highly preposterous,” said the Gombak MP.
Lately, pro-Umno dailies have played up a report by Filipino media, the Philippines Daily Inquirer, which claimed that a politician linked to Anwar had invited the Sulu intruders to Sabah.
Despite denials by Anwar and Sulu leader, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, many have lodged police reports against the former deputy prime minister.
No, they were not given money by the Opposition in Malaysia!
Sulu militants’ spokesman denies that Malaysian opposition gave funds
By Ida Lim
March 05, 2013
A villager pulls a sampan with the body of a dead Filipino militant that was killed on Saturday, for removal at Simunul village in Sabah’s Semporna district on March 4, 2013. A spokesman for a group of Sulu militants denies receiving funds from the Malaysian opposition. – Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 5 – A spokesman for a group of Sulu militants who had intruded into Sabah today said the Malaysian opposition did not channel funds to him, a Philippine news portal reported.
“I hold PM and Umno personally responsible because they ‘own’ this paper (Utusan Malaysia) and their representatives sit on the Board,” said Surendran who pointed out that the matter was admitted in court during a separate defamation hearing against Utusan Malaysia, during which the High Court judge had decided in favour of Anwar.
Anwar threatens legal action against Utusan and TV3
Last updated on 4 March 2013 – 04:07pm
KUALA LUMPUR (March 4, 2013): Malay daily Utusan Malaysia and TV station Sistem Television Malaysia Berhad (TV3) have been given 24 hours from this morning to retract reports which alleged involvement of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as “instigator” of the ongoing Lahad Datu crisis.
Anwar’s lawyer N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya said demand letters which stated that a failure to respond will result in “swift legal actions” being taken against the companies have been sent to both parties this morning.
Speaking during a press conference at PKR’s headquarters, Surendran referred to a March 2 front page report by Utusan Malaysia, headlined “Ketua Pembangkang dikaitkan dengan Pencerobohan?” which he described as “baseless, slanderous and malicious”.
NAJIB, DESPERATE TO FIND A WAY OUT OF THE DEEP HOLE HE IS IN, WANTS ANWAR TO BE INVESTIGATED ON JUST AN UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIM!
If he could lay blame on Anwar Ibrahim, would he arrest him and charge him with treason?
PM orders probe into alleged opposition involvement in Sulu intrusion
The Manila Times had reportedly claimed that the incursion was related to the Malaysian opposition’s campaign to give Sabah autonomy if they win.
UPDATED @ 04:52:20 PM 03-03-2013
March 03, 2013
KANGAR, March 3 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has ordered the intelligence authorities to investigate a claim that an opposition leader had a hand in the armed intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah.
He said the allegation was a serious matter but there must be strong evidence to identify the mastermind.
Najib said he was puzzled as to why the armed men came to Sabah at a time when the country was about to hold a general election when the Sulu Sultanate had laid claim to Sabah a long time ago.
“All avenues must be investigated. (Philippine) President (Benigno S.) Aquino (III) also wants to know the truth. The whole episode is a major embarrassment for the Philippine government.
“They do not wish to see their citizens involved in aggression, violence, use of weapons and killing of our people,” he told reporters after opening the main campus of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) in Pauh, near here, today.
LOOKING TO BLAME ANWAR IBRAHIM!
Bernama today also cited an unnamed report quoting a Philippine army personnel, “who is a loyal follower of Sulu raja muda, Azzimudie Kiram, as saying the group has come at the invitation of a ‘Malaysian opposition’ to discuss land issues in Sabah”.
|2:23PM Mar 2, 2013|
Mainstream media reports have linked the Philippine intrusion in Lahad Datu with the opposition, in particular PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia today carried the report, citing the blog MPP Online quoting Philippine media Inquirer News.
“A Philippine news portal Inquirer News has exposed that a top opposition leader in Sabah who is close to (opposition leader) Anwar had met with the insurgents offering his support for the group presently in Sabah.