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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 4:58:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 7:35:14 PM

Dr Khir Toyo apologises to Seputeh MP over azan issue

KUALA LUMPUR: Seputeh MP Teresa Kok settled her defamation suit against former Selangor mentri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo over the azan (call for prayer) issue.

Dr Khir read out a statement in the High Court on Tuesday, apologising to Kok over a publication in his blog
www.drkhir.com on July 9, 2008.

He said he made the statement without any admission to liability over the RM30mil defamation suit.

"I regret publishing the same and agree to pay cost," said Dr Khir.

Judicial Commissioner Siti Khadijah S.Hassan Badjenid recorded the settlement before the parties.

Kok's lead counsel S.N Nair said that it was a settlement by consent by the parties.

"Kok will no longer proceed with the claim and therefore the suit will be withdrawn," he said without disclosing details of costs.

Kok's co-counsel K.Muralidharan said the same suit against publisher Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd was withdrawn on Nov 27 following a global settlement between them with no order as to costs.

In her suit filed on Oct 9, 2009, Kok said Dr Khir had posted allegations against her in a blog known as 'pembelamelayu blogspot' that she had signed a petition that azan prayers at Kinrara mosque had disturbed the peace.

Kok claimed that Dr Khir urged the Selangor government not to give in to any pressure by certain parties to stop using the loudspeaker for the azan at mosques in Puchong and Kota Damansara. The statement was published in several newspapers including Utusan Malaysia the next day.

She said the words had implied that she was a racist, untrustworthy, unprincipled and unqualified politician.

She contended that the acts of Dr Khir and Utusan had meant to incite hatred against her and indirectly caused her detention on Sept 12, 2008 under Section 73(1) of the ISA.

She said she was distressed and embarassed over the matter causing and sought RM30mil in compensation.


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