Court grants Teresa Kok’s bankruptcy order against JMM president
The High Court has granted a bankruptcy order against Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah following his failure to settle payments owed to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.
In a statement issued today, Kok said she had initiated bankruptcy proceedings against Azwanddin (above) in relation to unpaid damages awarded to her linked to an out-of-court settlement reached on Aug 28, 2019.
Kok had filed a defamation suit against Azwanddin over his speech alleging that the former primary industries minister had a personal interest in a land dispute that led to the November 2018 riot at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at Seafield in USJ Subang Jaya, Selangor.
“The matter was settled out of court and a consent judgment was recorded before High Court judge Rohani Ismail.
“However, Azwanddin has failed to honour the judgment and has failed to make any payment of the settlement sum, to date,” Kok said.
The bankruptcy order dated March 29 was signed by senior assistant registrar Nurul Izzah Shaharuddin.
In October 2019, Azwanddin apologised to Kok for alleging that she was related to the owners of real estate company One City Development, the company in a dispute with the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
Azwanddin also said he would pay RM130,000 to Kok as part of the settlement agreement.
29 July 2019
The defamation suit filed by Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim (above, second left) against Pertubuhan Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah was resolved amicably at the High Court today.
The suit was over alleged defamatory remarks made by Azwanddin in linking the minister in the land dispute involving the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple in Seafield, Subang Jaya.
Lawyer S.N.Nair, representing Kok, said both parties agreed to resolve the matter in an out of court settlement after Azwanddin agreed to submit an open apology in three newspapers, namely Sinar Harian, The Star and Sin Chew Daily.
He said Azwanddin was also required to retract statements on the issue which he posted on the social media.
“The amount of settlement cannot be disclosed to the media,” he told reporters after today’s proceeding which was held in chambers before judicial commissioner Rohani Ismail, who recorded the terms of the settlement. Also present was Azwanddin’s lawyer, Sarah Abishegam.
Meanwhile, Kok, in a statement to the media, said she was very happy that Azwanddin had made a full public apology and undertook to make a full retraction of all the impugned statements he made about her in wrongfully linking her to One City Development Sdn Bhd which was implicated in the unfortunate Seafield temple incident in November last year.
“I have always, from the very beginning, vehemently denied any link to One City and still do. Despite that, Azwanddin still linked me to it and I had no choice but to sue him to clear my name and seek vindication,” she said.
8 January 2019
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok has filed a defamation suit against Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah for linking her to the riots that took place near Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman in Subang Jaya last November.
Kok’s lawyer Sankara Nair said the suit was filed online at 6pm today in his client’s personal capacity.
According to the statement of claim distributed to the press, Azwanddin was named as the first and second defendants in both his personal capacity and as JMM president.
“(At) on or about Dec 25, 2018, at an assembly held at Dataran Seri, Klang, Selangor, the first defendant and/or the second defendant made and published a speech…
“After which the defendants published and/or republished and/or caused the publication and/or caused the republication of the said impugned speech on the Internet and in print media both locally and internationally,” read the statement.
According to the statement, Azwanddin had defamed Kok by calling for authorities to investigate her alleged links to the riots.
Aside from the media reports, it was stated that he uploaded a full video of the speech onto his Facebook page.
Kok is seeking general, compensatory, aggravated and exemplary damages, on top of an injunction to prevent further distribution of the speech.
On Dec 26 last year, she gave Azwanddin seven days to retract the allegation and apologise, or pay RM30 million in compensation, failing which he would be sued.
26 December 2018