Iris: We have not con­sid­ered le­gal ac­tion against govt

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Iris Corp Bhd has clar­i­fied that it could take le­gal ac­tion against the gov­ern­ment for the Malaysian pass­port con­tract that it lost but stressed that it has not con­sid­ered it.

In clar­i­fy­ing a news ar­ti­cle to the stock ex­change, Iris said dur­ing the com­pany’s AGM on Sept 1 that the board was asked about the Malaysian pass­port con­tract it had lost.

The board had ex­plained that Iris did not lose the con­tract as it had reached ma­tu­rity and the gov­ern­ment had awarded the con­tract to Data­sonic Group Bhd.

“Share­hold­ers had ear­lier en­quired about the le­gal case in the US where Iris was tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against the US gov­ern­ment for patent in­fringe­ment and the share­hold­ers had drawn their own con­clu­sions that Iris would also take sim­i­lar steps against the gov­ern­ment.

“The board did say that it could take le­gal ac­tion but has not even con­sid­ered it. It is ap­par­ent that the share­hold­ers had mis­con­strued the an­swer pro­vided by the board and took it as Iris will be tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against the gov­ern­ment,” Iris ex­plained yes­ter­day.

It added that Data­sonic, be­ing the present sup­plier of the chips for the Malaysian pass­port, was never the topic in the AGM.

“We strongly be­lieve that the reporter from Fo­cus Malaysia had spo­ken to the share­hold­ers at the end of the AGM and sub­se­quently re­ported it,” said Iris.

It was re­ported that Iris, which pro­duced the world’s first elec­tronic pass­port and na­tional multi-ap­pli­ca­tion smart card, is con­sid­er­ing tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against Data­sonic and the au­thor­i­ties for al­leged in­fringe­ment of its epass­port chips tech­nol­ogy.

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