Hidir Reduan Abdul Rashid
Published 6:15 pm
Former deputy women, family and community development minister Hannah Yeoh is suing former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan for defamation over his speech given at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) on Jan 30.
The Segambut MP’s lawyers, from law firm Messrs Sreenevasan, filed the writ of summons at the Kuala Lumpur High Court registry on July 3.
On Feb 5, it was reported that Musa was being probed by the police over the speech given at a forum at UiTM on Jan 30.
The forum titled “Wacana Isu Semasa Perjanjian Damai Hat Yai 1989: PKM Menyerah Diri?” (The Hat Yai Peace Accords: Did the Communist Party of Malaya surrender?) was organised by UiTM’s Institute of Malay Rulers.
In his speech, Musa was alleged to have suggested that DAP had published a book over the purported role of the Malays behind the May 13 riots, among others.
According to a copy of the suit’s statement of claim sighted by Malaysiakini this afternoon, Yeoh (above) claimed that the speech contained defamatory statements that are wholly untrue, disparaging, vexatious, spurious, fallacious and without basis.
The plaintiff claimed that the defendant’s speech was premeditated, made in bad faith, and actuated by malice on the latter’s part to harm, tarnish, malign, injure and/or destroy her reputation in the perception of the public, and intended to harm her politically, among others.
Through the legal action, Yeoh is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages.
She seeks an injunction to restrain Musa (photo), whether by himself, his servants or agents, from further uttering, publishing, causing to be uttered and/or causing to be published the allegedly defamatory words.
She also seeks costs and any other relief deemed fit by the court.
Meanwhile, Yeoh’s counsel Lim Wei Jiet confirmed the filing of the defamation suit against Musa.
Lim told Malaysiakini that the matter is set for e-review case management by the Kuala Lumpur High Court tomorrow.
E-review is a form of online teleconference whereby parties can conduct case management of a legal matter without the legal representatives needing to come to court physically.