Anwar Ibrahim files a defamation suit against Muhyiddin Yassin over the claim that he received RM15 million yearly as Selangor state advisor


Claim that Anwar got RM15mil salary part of election speech, says Muhyiddin

K. Parkaran

January 20, 2023 10:48 AM

PETALING JAYA: Muhyiddin Yassin contends that Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim should not take offence at legitimate criticisms and queries posed by him during political speeches.

The former prime minister said that as the head of the unity government, the leader of Pakatan Harapan and the current prime minister, Anwar ought to have openly and wholeheartedly responded to the queries posed and to deny any allegations which he asserts as false.

“Given that both of them (Muhyiddin and Anwar) are public figures and leaders of their respective parties, it is incumbent that they were frequently confronted with allegations which may have been misstated, misquoted or taken out of context by the media,” he said in his defence to the defamation suit filed by Anwar against him.

“The statement was made as part of an election speech and was a privileged occasion. It was not calculated to gain at the expense of the plaintiff.”

Citing qualified privilege and fair comment, Muhyiddin denied that the impugned slanderous or libellous words were defamatory, adding that they consisted of expressions of opinion, which were fair comments on a matter of public interest.

He said he was provided with the information that Anwar was paid RM15 million by an unnamed officer in the Selangor government.

“Based on this and the plaintiff’s (Anwar’s) claim of rejecting a salary as the prime minister, it was fair comment on a matter of public interest as it goes to the heart of the campaign promises made by the plaintiff,” he said in his defence filed on Tuesday sighted by FMT.








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