Khalid sues MACC and Govt

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is suing Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com-mission chief commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, the commission and Government for defamation over their statements that he abused his power as Mentri Besar.

His lawyer Sankaran Nair said Khalid, who also named as defendants the commission and Govern-ment, is seeking compensatory, aggravated, exemplary, general and special damages, with the quantum deemed fit by the court.

The Mentri Besar also wants an injunction order to restrain the defendants from further uttering or publishing defamatory statements against him.

“Tan Sri Khalid is not seeking financial compensation, he wants to clear his good name,” Sankaran told reporters after filing the writ of summons at the High Court registry at 3pm here yesterday.

Khalid claimed that the statement, made on Feb 20, that the commission had “evidence of misused power” was defamatory in nature, and meant that he was a dishonest person, a liar, untrustworthy, unprincipled, corrupt, unethical, and an unfit politician who had committed a criminal offence.

He also claimed that the defendant’s statement instigated public hatred against him and lowered his esteem in the eyes of the public.

Khalid filed similar suits against former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and Gerakan Rakyat Anti-Korupsi (Gerak) chairman Mohd Nazree Mohd Yunus over the same issue in February and March respectively.

Sankaran added that he had written to the commission twice on his client’s behalf, on Feb 26 and March 19, seeking an explanation.

“Unfortunately, to this date, they have not responded.

“Having no choice and in seeking to vindicate his good name and reputation, our client filed this libel suit today (yesterday),” Sankaran said.

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