KUANTAN: The High Court here has fixed Dec 17 for case management of Lynas’ defamation suit against Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas (SMSL).
SMSL’s lawyer Gene Vendargon said this was to allow Lynas’ appeal against the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision to move the suit to Kuantan to proceed first.
“Lynas has an appeal pending, which will be heard tomorrow.
“Justice Mariana Yahya has fixed another date for us to update the court on the appeal’s outcome,” he said after a case management hearing in chambers yesterday.
Lynas Corporation Ltd and Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd filed the defamation suit on April 19 against SMSL Sdn Bhd and its directors Tan Bun Teet and Lim Sow Teow.
Lynas claimed that an article posted on SMSL’s website titled “Civil Society Organisations joint statement on Lynas issue: SMSL & Malaysian NGOs statement against Lynas” contained defamatory statements.
The statement pertains to the construction of the Lynas rare earths refinery in Gebeng here.
On Sept 26, judge Justice John Louis O’Hara allowed the suit to be transferred to the Kuantan High Court.
Vendargon said Lynas had filed the appeal on Oct 24, adding that a defamation suit could be filed anywhere.
“Our argument previously was that the subject matter is in Kuantan, which was accepted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court,” he said.