DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok Suh Sim has filed a defamation lawsuit against Red Shirt leader Jamal Yunos for alleging that she had misappropriated funds from Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE), which comes under the purview of a state fund – Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas).
The suit was filed on Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
Kok, who claimed that Jamal had made a baseless accusation against her, seeks RM1 million in damages and an injunction to stop the Red Shirt leader from making further statements on the issue.
According to her, Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali could also be her witness if the case comes up for hearing.
Kok’s lawyer Sankara Nair said that Jamal’s accusations were based on hearsay.
“She has a clean record in what she does. To say she had committed fraud and misused public money is a serious allegation.
“If Jamal is brave enough to accuse Kok, he should come forward and accept the writ of summons,” said Sankara Nair.
Jamal, who is also Umno Sungai Besar division leader, lodged several police reports recently alleging that Kok withdrew cash from the Yawas fund, but did not disburse these to recipients.
In his reports, he also claimed that Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim and another PKR leader had abused the Yawas fund.
Acting on Jamal’s reports, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission last week raided and carted away documents related to SMUE from Kok’s office for its investigation.
Under SMUE, eligible applicants may apply for RM1,500 as a one-off assistance from the state to bear funeral expenses involving a family member.