Not only does Kamarul Zaman Yusoff lose a RM 5 million defamation case on appeal by Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa, he also has to pay Mujahid court cost of RM5,000…

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Mujahid wins bid to quash ex-UUM professor’s RM5mil suit

FMT Reporters -February 17, 2021 6:48 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today allowed Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa’s application to strike out a RM5 million defamation suit brought against him by former Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) professor Kamarul Zaman Yusoff.

Mujahid filed the application on Oct 14 last year after Kamarul filed the suit on July 28.

The suit was based on an article by Mujahid which was subsequently published by two news portals in 2017.

Mujahid’s lawyer Noorazmir Zakaria said Judge Rozana Ali Yusoff allowed the application and ordered costs of RM5,000 to be paid to his client.

“The court agreed with the defendant’s (Mujahid’s) submission that the suit was an abuse of court process,” he said when contacted by FMT. The judge delivered her decision after a virtual hearing today.

Kamarul, through a writ of summons and statement of claim, alleged that Mujahid, a former minister, had defamed him based on the article titled “Disiplin ilmu bukan sentimen murahan” (Academic discipline, not cheap sentiments).

Kamarul claimed the article was posted on the Facebook accounts of Mujahid and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

The plaintiff claimed the defamatory statement implied that he, among other things, was a racist academician and that he had “attacked” Amanah as a political party.

“The court agreed with the defendant’s (Mujahid’s) submission that the suit was an abuse of court process,” he said when contacted by FMT. The judge delivered her decision after a virtual hearing today.

Kamarul, through a writ of summons and statement of claim, alleged that Mujahid, a former minister, had defamed him based on the article titled “Disiplin ilmu bukan sentimen murahan” (Academic discipline, not cheap sentiments).

Kamarul claimed the article was posted on the Facebook accounts of Mujahid and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

The plaintiff claimed the defamatory statement implied that he, among other things, was a racist academician and that he had “attacked” Amanah as a political party.

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