KUALA LUMPUR: Former Cabinet minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin has been advised to find a way to resolve his defamation civil suit against Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and two others over the sale of land in Bukit Kiara.
Speaking to reporters here, his lawyer M. Reza Hassan said that High Court judge Justice Yeoh Wee Siam had advised them to settle the civil suit on their own or through a mediation process.
“The mediation process could be done before her or at the court’s mediation centre here,” he said after the judge issued the order in chambers.
Reza said that his client had also been asked to reply to their defence statement by Sept 16, to enable the case management to be held the next day.
In his suit, Raja Nong Chik was seeking a court order to compel the defendants to publish an apology based on the terms he had stated.
Apart from applying for an injunction to stop the defendants from publishing any libellous words against him, he is asking for general, aggravated and exemplary damages, interests and costs.
He named Nurul Izzah, online news publisher Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd and its reporter Lu Wei Hoong as defendants in his suit.
The former senator said that Nurul Izzah had made libellous and false statements against him at a press conference on May 4.
Nurul Izzah, he added, made similar statements, which were published in the Malaysiakini online news portal in two versions – Bahasa Malaysia and English – on the same day.
He said that the words used implied that he had misused his position as Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister for his personal interest and gain.
Raja Nong Chik said that the publication had caused his reputation and dignity as a politician, minister and senator to be tarnished.
He said that as a result of this, his credibility had been ruined, especially among the voters of the Lembah Pantai parliamentary constituency.
Nurul Izzah received 31,008 votes, beating Raja Nong Chik with a majority of 1,847 votes in the 13th general election in May.