The mediation process involving parties in the suit brought by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan against online news portal Malaysiakini and its reporter Geraldine Tong had been fixed on Nov 28.
Lawyer K.Shanmuga, representing Malaysiakini and Tong, when contacted said the Kuala Lumpur High Court also set Nov 29 for further case management.
Abdul Rahman filed the suit on Jan 13 this year when he was the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister.
Bernama reported today that the suit was over an article and video clip posted by the news portal on Nov 6, 2015.
Abdul Rahman, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member and MP for Kota Belud, claimed that the article and a video clip published by Malaysiakini and Tong without his permission did not reflect the original content of his message and that it was edited to portray him as having instructed the urban population to return to the villages.
In his statement of claim, Abdul Rahman claimed the defendants had, with levity and malice, published or caused to be published on the www.malaysiakini.com website slanderous and false statements referring to him under the title “Minister’s ‘go back to kampung’ notion draws contempt”.
He claimed that the defamatory statements, among others, implied that he had no care for the plight of the people due to the rising cost of living, did not encourage the people to seek income in the urban centres and was insensitive to the current issues that had an impact on society.
Abdul Rahman is claiming general damages, aggravated and exemplary damages, costs, interest and other relief deemed fit by the court.