‘Fair comment’ defence struck out
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yesterday succeeded in their defamation suit appeals to strike out a defence of “fair comment” by PKR vicepresident Mohd Rafizi Ramli and Media Rakyat online news portal owner, Chan Chee Kong.
Najib and Rosmah sued Mohd Rafizi, over his statement allegedly disparaging them at a forum on oil subsidy in Bandar Tun Razak on Nov 22, 2014.
They alleged that a recording of the speech was uploaded by Chan or his assistant on the portal, YouTube and Facebook.
The plaintiffs are seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages as deemed fit by the court, interest and costs.
They sought to strike out the “fair comment” defence on grounds that the disputed words were “statement of facts and not statement of comments”.
Counsel for Mohd Rafizi and Chan, Razlan Hadri Zulkifli, said he would seek instructions from his clients on whether to bring the matter up to the Federal Court. – Bernama