KUALA LUMPUR: Seputeh MP Teresa Kok Suh Sim may apply for a judgment in default (JID) against Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos in her defamation suit over claims that she misused funds from a foundation.
A JID is a binding judgment entered against a party who has failed to defend a claim brought by another party within a stipulated period.
High Court deputy registrar Erry Shahriman Nor Aripin set June 2 for case management after meeting the parties in chambers Friday.
Speaking to reporters after the proceedings in chambers, Kok's lawyer K. Muralidharan said his client is considering to file judgment in default of defence against Jamal if he fails to act in the case within the stipulated time.
"We will file judgment in default of defence by May 28 if he does not enter a memorandum of appearance in the case," he added.
Asked why Kok was not applying judgment in default of appearance against Jamal, Muralidharan said it could not be done because his client was also applying for an injunction against the Umno politician from defaming her.
In her court papers, Kok, who is DAP vice-president, claimed that Jamal defamed her at a press conference on March 8.
His statements were also published on social media and in newspapers both locally and abroad, she said.
She contended that the statements were still on Jamal’s Facebook page and YouTube.
Kok said the contents of his posts were republished online in Malaysiakini on March 14 under the heading “Jamal claims S’gor, FT reps used Yawas funds for personal gain”.
Yawas is the Selangor Children’s Heritage Foundation.
Kok claimed that Jamal’s words meant she had misused her power and acted unfairly, abused state government funds for personal gain, and that she was unethical, a person without principles and corrupt.
She said that the allegation was improper and baseless and that the statement was made with bad intention, was untrue, intentional and done without caution, and it had injured her reputation.
She is seeking RM1mil in general damages; as well as compensatory, aggravated and exemplary damages.
She also wants an injunction to stop Jamal from speaking, writing or publishing those statements, as well as causing them to be published.