Former Kedah Mentri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir has filed a suit against former DAP national vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim for defamation.
According to The Star Online, the action relates to statements made by Tunku Abdul Aziz over an alleged pact to have Mukhriz as the prime minister and DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang as the deputy premier.
The suit was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court registry via Messrs Haniff Khatri on Tuesday, Feb 7.
Mukhriz said on Dec 30 last year that Tunku Abdul Aziz had made a statement in a blog, AIDCNews, entitled Memang Wujud Pakatan Sulit Antara Tun Mahathir dan Kit Siang – Tunku Aziz (There exists a secret pact between Tun Mahathir and Kit Siang – Tunku Aziz), where some of the words were allegedly defamatory.
The statement was published in various media, portals and blogs, and Mukhriz openly denied the allegations on Jan 1 this year to restore his reputation.
In the statement of claim, Mukhriz alleged that on Jan 3, the defendant had published a media statement entitled Tunku Abdul Aziz Gesa Mukhriz, Kit Siang Buat Akuan Bersumpah (Tunku Abdul Aziz urges Mukhriz, Kit Siang to make sworn statement) which was published in the Malaysia Outlook portal.
He claimed that the statements, if read in overall context, are understood to mean that former Premier Mahathir Mohamad and Kit Siang had conspired in a secret pact, which was concealed from Opposition leaders and voters, that he would be appointed prime minister and Lim the deputy premier if the opposition wins the 14th general election (GE14).
The Ayer Hitam assemblyman alleged that the context meant that he was directly involved in the pact between Mahathir and Kit Siang, that he was not transparent and was dishonest in his political career, and that he was power crazy and a man without principles and morals.
He said the defamatory statements published had injured his reputation.
Mukhriz is seeking general damages and for the defendant to retract his statements within 14 days of the date of judgement as well as costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.