Utusan and Lim Guan Eng…

LIM GUAN ENG AND UTUSAN MALAYSIA HAVE GONE TO COURT SEVERAL TIMES.

These are the three cases that Utusan has lost:

1. In March 2017, in a consent judgment, the newspaper apologised for its article titled “Guan Eng tarik balik saman Shaik Hussein” (Guan Eng withdraws summons against Shaik Hussein). It would also compensate Lim with an undisclosed amount for the article that Lim claimed was “distorted news”.

2.  In June 2012, The High Court ordered Utusan Malaysia to pay RM200,000 in damages to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over a word used in an article in 2008. Lim’s defamation suit was over the article dated March 12, 2008, under the heading Tiada Lagi DEB’ (No More DEB).

3. In December 2012, the High Court awarded Lim Guan Eng RM200,000 in general and aggravated damages for defamation suit against Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad. High Court judge Varghese George Varughesie also ordered Utusan to pay RM25,000 in costs. Lim had sued Utusan for allegedly defaming him in an article entitled ‘Kebiadaban Guan Eng’ (Guan Eng’s insolence) published by the Malay language daily on Dec 20 last year.

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2017

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Utusan apologises to Guan Eng in court settlement

Susan Loone  |  Published on

Utusan Melayu (M) apologised to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in a defamation suit he filed over an article published in Utusan Malaysia on Aug 20 last year.

This came after both parties reached a settlement at the High Court in Penang today.

Utusan Melayu is the printer, publisher and distributor of Utusan Malaysia.

In a consent judgment, the newspaper apologised for its article titled “Guan Eng tarik balik saman Shaik Hussein” (Guan Eng withdraws summons against Shaik Hussein).

It will also compensate Lim, with an amount that was not disclosed, for the article that Lim claimed was “distorted news”.

Judicial Commissioner Azmi Abdullah presided over the consent judgment, while Lim was represented by Simon Murali.

Utusan Malaysia’s legal executive Siti Norzulaikah Ibrahim read out the public apology in court.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng withdrew the case filed against (then) state Umno Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin (photo) three years ago, after Shaik Hussein willingly and without conditions withdrew his allegation of corruption against Lim Guan Eng on Oct 5, 2012.

“We apologise to Lim Guan Eng for the inconvenience and confusion caused by the wrong facts on our part by publishing the original article,” the apology note states.

On Oct 5, Shaik Hussein had alleged that Lim was corrupt over the Taman Manggis state land deal, which the CM had strongly denied.

Murali said the apology would be published on Page 2 of Utusan Malaysia, within seven days.
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Lim said Utusan Malaysia had reported that he withdrew his defamation suit against Shaik Hussein without conditions.

“In actual fact, I did it only after he withdrew his allegations of corruption against me,” Lim told reporters outside the court.

“When Shaik Hussein withdrew his allegations of corruption against me, it was not reported in Utusan Malaysia, so I am happy that I can clear my name and claims of corruption against me by the Umno leader.

“Because of their wrongful report, Utusan again apologised to me. At least I have got back some justice,” Lim added.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/375784

Utusan says sorry to Guan Eng over ‘corrupt’ story

March 15, 2017

Apology follows a settlement between Utusan Malaysia and the Penang chief minister on three mutually-agreed terms.
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GEORGE TOWN: Utusan Malaysia will publish an apology to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over a news report that was deemed “factually distorted”.

The said report, which appeared in Utusan’s Aug 20, 2015 edition, was based on Lim’s defamation case against former Penang Umno Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin.

Shaik Hussein had called Lim “corrupt” in 2012. When Shaik Hussein was sued by Lim, Shaik Hussein apologised to Lim in chambers. Lim then withdrew the suit against him.

However, when Utusan carried a report on the withdrawal titled “Guan Eng tarik balik saman Shaik Hussein” (“Guan Eng withdraws suit against Shaik Hussein”), it left out the fact that the withdrawal of the suit followed an apology.

Shaik Hussein is now Bagan Umno chief.

Today, a consent judgement was reached between Utusan and Lim at the High Court here on three mutually-agreed terms.

The terms were a public apology before the court, an apology to appear on page 2 of Utusan (which must match the size of the original report) in the next seven days and compensation to Lim.

Utusan’s legal executive Norzulaikah Ibrahim read an apology before Judicial Commissioner Azmi Abdullah this morning.

The apology read:

“Behubung berita bertajuk ‘Guan Eng tarik balik saman terhadap bekas Ketua Pemuda Umno Negeri’ yang disiarkan oleh akhbar ini pada 20 Ogos 2015, artikel tersebut sepatutnya dibawa dengan fakta bahawa:

“Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng menarik balik saman yang difailkan tiga tahun lalu terhadap bekas Ketua Pemuda Umno Negeri Datuk Dr Shaik Hussein Mydin setelah Shaik Hussein menarik balik tanpa sebarang syarat dan dengan penuh kerelaan hati dakwaan rasuah yang dibuat olehnya terhadap Lim Guan Eng pada 5 Oktober 2012.

“Kami memohon maaf kepada YAB Lim Guan Eng atas kesulitan yang dialami beliau ekoran daripada kekeliruan dan kesilapan fakta di pihak kami dalam penyiaran berita asal tersebut.”

The parties involved refused to reveal the settlement amount.

Lim then withdrew the defamation suit he took against Utusan over the story.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/15/utusan-says-sorry-to-guan-eng-over-corrupt-story/

2012

Utusan Malaysia to pay RM200,000 to Guan Eng for defamation


  • Nation
  • Friday, 22 Jun 2012

    GEORGE TOWN: The High Court has ordered Utusan Malaysia to pay RM200,000 in damages to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over a word used in an article in 2008.

    Lim’s defamation suit was against Utusan Melayu (M) Sdn Bhd over the article dated March 12, 2008, under the heading Tiada Lagi DEB’ (No More DEB).

    Judicial Commissioner Nurmala Salim said there was malice when the newspaper published something that Lim had not said during a press conference.

    Lim had testified on Jan 11 that he did not say he was going to abolish or menghapuskan’ the NEP but that he would run the government administration free from the NEP that breeds cronyism, corruption and systematic inefficiency.

    On Dec 13 last year, Utusan Malaysia was also ordered to pay RM200,000 in damages to Lim for publishing a defamatory article concerning the latter. (Guan Eng wins suit against Utusan).

    Justice Varghese George Varughese said seven paragraphs containing the defamatory words were malicious, had intention to mislead readers and was written in bad faith.
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    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2012/06/22/utusan-malaysia-to-pay-rm200000-to-guan-eng-for-defamation/#HPlMsCcZwKsqUzH9.99

2011

 

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Guan Eng wins suit against Utusan

GEORGE TOWN (Dec 14, 2011): The High Court today awarded Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng RM200,000 in general and aggravated damages after he won a defamation suit against Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad.

High Court judge Varghese George Varughesie also ordered Utusan to pay RM25,000 in costs and fixed interest at four per cent per anum from the date of judgement until full settlement.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, had sued Utusan for allegedly defaming him in an article entitled ‘Kebiadaban Guan Eng’ (Guan Eng’s insolence) published by the Malay language daily on Dec 20 last year.

Judge Varghese said the article was hatched in bad faith and the publication was motivated by spite and malice to subject Lim to contempt and scorn to the public at large, and malign him as the Chief Minister and elected representative.

He said the writer had admitted during trial that he did not undertake to verify the information in the article nor made attempts to do so.

Judge Varghese said the article was hatched in bad faith and the publication was motivated by spite and malice to subject Lim to contempt and scorn to the public at large, and malign him as the Chief Minister and elected representative.

He said the writer had admitted during trial that he did not undertake to verify the information in the article nor made attempts to do so.

“(The writer) proffered an excuse that a boycott of Utusan by the Penang state government had prevented him from doing so. To me that excuse was a lame one and not acceptable,” he told a court room packed with reporters and members of the state government.

Judge Varghese said the basic requirement of journalism was to verify information and its disregard to do so in this case showed that the defendant was wholly motivated by malice.

“It is solely evident that the article written and published was outright malicious and intentionally made to malign the plaintiff (Lim) without cause and unfairly,” he said.

Judge Varghese also noted that the defence use of qualified privilege under Common Law failed to apply as the plaintiff had established malice.

UPDATED @ 06:29:12 PM 14-12-2011

December 14, 2011

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com

UPDATED @ 06:29:12 PM 14-12-2011

Utusan Malaysia guilty of defamation against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

The High Court today found Utusan Malaysia guilty of making “malicious”, defamatory and untruthful statements against Lim Guan Eng, and ordered the UMNO daily to pay him RM200,000 in damages and RM25,000 in costs.

Justice G.V Varughese, in an hour-long judgment delivered in Penang, outlined seven paragraphs in an Utusan article titled “Kebiadapan Guan Eng” in which the paper had “maliciously defamed Lim, and made him and the DAP look as if they are anti-Malay and anti-Islam.”

“The judge ruled that the defendant showed selective vendetta against DAP and the plaintiff,” Lim’s lawyer Jagdeep Singh Deo told The Malaysian Insider.

“The ruling stated that Utusan had shown disdain for the highest standards of responsible journalism,” added Jagdeep.

The lawyer said, among other things, the article had accused the Penang Chief Minister of “attacking Malay institutions, being racist, being opposed to Malays, demolishing Malay stalls and villages, and cancelling the state’s Maulidur Rasul celebration.”

“The learned judge, after listening to witnesses brought in by both sides, ruled that Utusan’s allegations were malicious and not factually true,” added Jagdeep.

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One Response to Utusan and Lim Guan Eng…

  1. Doris Looi says:

    Political, owned,OK,nstp,by,umno

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