For­mer Perak MB gets RM250,000

> Fed­eral Court dis­misses Utu­san Me­layu’s ap­pli­ca­tion to ap­peal over WWW1 is­sue

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PU­TRA­JAYA: For­mer Perak men­tri be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­ham­mad Nizar Ja­malud­din is to get RM250,000 in dam­ages in a defama­tion suit over the WWW1 reg­is­tra­tion num­ber bought by the Jo­hor Sul­tan.

This fol­lows a de­ci­sion of the Fed­eral Court’s three-man bench led by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malan­jum to dis­miss Utu­san Me­layu (M) Bhd’s ap­pli­ca­tion to ob­tain leave to ap­peal.

Utu­san Me­layu sought leave to ap­peal to the Fed­eral Court against a High Court de­ci­sion which had al­lowed Mo­ham­mad Nizar’s law­suit and or­dered the pub­lisher of the Malay news­pa­per to pay him dam­ages. The panel, which also in­cluded jus­tices Tan Sri Ah­mad Maarop and Tan Sri Ramly Ali, or­dered Utu­san Me­layu to pay RM10,000 costs.

Mo­ham­mad Nizar sued Utu­san Me­layu over the pub­li­ca­tion of an ar­ti­cle in Utu­san Malaysia on his (Mo­ham­mad Nizar’s) Twit­ter com­ments re­gard­ing the Sul­tan of Jo­hor’s RM520,000 bid for the WWW1 reg­is­tra­tion num­ber.

In his state­ment of claim, Mo­ham­mad Nizar said he had posted a state­ment on May 28, 2012 on the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber on his Twit­ter ac­count which was sub­se­quently pub­lished by the daily on May 31, 2012. On July 4, 2013, the Kuala Lumpur High Court found Utu­san Me­layu li­able of de­fam­ing Mo­ham­mad Nizar and or­dered the com­pany to pay him RM250,000 in gen­eral and ex­em­plary dam­ages.

The Court of Ap­peal up­held the de­ci­sion on Dec 6, 2013.

Datuk Mohd Ha­farizam Harun rep­re­sented Utu­san Me­layu while lawyers As­muni Alwi and Mohd Fitri As­muni ap­peared for Mo­ham­mad Nizar. – Ber­nama

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