The Penang High Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu against the Chief Editor of the Utusan Group, Aziz Ishak and Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad with the cost of RM70,000.
Lawyer Wan Azmir Wan Majid who is representing Aziz and the newspaper told Bernama that Judge Zakaria Sam decided that the article in question, in which the lawsuit was based on, published by Utusan Malaysia on Mohamad’s speech on the communist attack in Bukit Kepong and freedom fighters on Aug 21, 2011 was not slanderous.
Apart from that, the court ruled that the defendant’s argument on valid comment justification and conditional protection were allowed.
He said that the court also found Mohamad made the speech which opened himself up to criticism.
Based on that, the court ordered Mohamad, or Mat Sabu as he is more commonly known as, to pay the cost of RM70,000 to both defendants.
Mat Sabu, who is now Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president filed the suit on Dec 21, 2011, in which he claimed both defendants, with ill intentions, had published the article on his speech on Aug 27, 2011, and two subsequent articles the next day.
Mat Sabu claimed the articles contained elements of slander.
All three articles were published after Mat Sabu delivered a talk at Pusat Asuhan Tadika Islam (Pasti) Al Fahmi at Padang Manora, Tasek Gelugor.
Mat Sabu claimed that the articles indirectly portrayed he supported communism, had deviated from the teachings of Islam and had declared Muhammad Indera as a communist terrorist. – Bernama