Friday, 26 Feb 2021 05:08 PM MYT
BY IDA LIM
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan failed today to dismiss DAP’s Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh’s defamation lawsuit against him over his remarks in a January 2020 forum, her lawyer confirmed today.
Lim Wei Jiet, one of Yeoh’s lawyers, said the High Court in Kuala Lumpur had today heard Musa’s application to strike out the lawsuit, but decided that the court case should proceed.
“High Court Judge Datuk Rozana Ali Yusoff dismissed the striking out application with costs of RM3,000 awarded in favour of YB Hannah Yeoh,” he told Malay Mail.
When asked for the reasons for the judge’s decision, Lim shared that the High Court judge had — after evaluating the arguments by both sides — found that Yeoh has a “reasonable cause of action” against Musa that has to be proved in full proceedings.
Lim added that the High Court has fixed April 2 for case management for the defamation lawsuit.
Lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan also represented Yeoh today, while Musa was represented by lawyers Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz and Muhammad Afiq Qiwamuddin.
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.