The Kuala Lumpur High Court has set Dec 1 to hear an application to strike out a defamation suit filed by former Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir against the prime minister’s press secretary Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad.
The decision was made earlier today by High Court Judicial Commissioner Roslan Abu Bakar at his chambers.
Roslan also advised both parties to find a possible settlement to their civil dispute.
Confirming this matter, defence counsel Ooi She Yi, representing Tengku Sarifuddin said she would seek further directives from her client as he wants the court to strike out the defamation suit.
In his statement of defence filed on June 13, Tengku Sarifuddin defended not defaming Mukhriz in any of his media statements, but merely clarified the lies spread against Prime Minster Najib Razak.
Tengku Sharifuddin said the statements were published based on qualified privilege and without malice.
He added that his media statements were made in his official capacity to prevent rumours or political allegations against the prime minister.
Meanwhile Mukhriz’s counsel Ilayani Noor Khuszairy said they will work for a mediation.
Mukhriz is suing Tengku Sarifuddin for allegedly indicating he practised “dirty politics”.
In his statement of claim, Mukhriz alleged that Tengku Sarifuddin had issued four defamatory media statements between April 15 and April 26 against him.