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Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 6:58:28 AM

Kok withdraws suit after Khir apologises

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Selangor mentri besar Mohamed Khir Toyo has apologised to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok over a blog posting five years ago in relation to the azan (Muslim call to prayer).

He agreed to pay cost, which was not disclosed, to Kok.

In return, Kok agreed to withdraw her RM30mil defamation suit against him.

This was recorded before Judicial Commissioner Siti Khadijah Badjenid in the High Court, here, yesterday,

Khir read out his apology in open court, without any admission to liability over the suit, saying he regretted making the posting in his www.drkhir.com blog on Aug 8, 2008.

Kok had filed the suit against him and Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd on Oct 9, 2009, claiming RM30mil from each party.

The suit against the publisher of Utusan Malaysia was withdrawn on Nov 27, following a global settlement between them, with no order as to costs.

On yesterday’s case, Kok’s lead counsel S.N. Nair said 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“Kok will no longer proceed with the claim and, therefore, the suit will be withdrawn,” he said, adding that he could not reveal the costs involved.

In her suit, Kok said Khir had posted allegations that she had signed a petition that the azan at the Kinrara mosque had disturbed the peace of the locals.

Kok claimed Khir had on Aug 8, 2008, 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, which were reportedly published in Utusan Malaysia and several newspapers the next day.

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

She contended that the former mentri besar’s act and that of Utusan Malaysia 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 the words had damaged her character, lowered her dignity and reputation and led to public scandal.

Kok said she was distressed and embarrassed over the matter, causing her to seek the RM30mil in compensatory damages.

She also sought for aggravated and exemplary damages to be assessed by the court.

Tags / Keywords: Politics, Courts & Crime, teresa kok, khir toyo, azan, utusan malaysia

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