KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will be initiating contempt proceedings against the Government and former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis-sion chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan over his defamation suit.
His lead counsel S.N. Nair said that Khalid was unhappy as the defendants failed to comply with a court order over the publication of an apology in a newspaper.
“Khalid has instructed us to go ahead with the filing of contempt proceedings against Ahmad Said and the Government.
“This is because there is no agreement on the offer to publish the apology to Khalid in a newspaper,” he said.
He said the decision was made after meeting deputy registrar Hilmiah Yusof over the publication of the apology yesterday.
Under the terms of settlement before High Court judge Justice Lau Bee Lan on March 19, Ahmad Said was to issue a public apology on the front page of New Straits Times (NST) within four days from the date of consent order.
In April, the NST said they could not publish the apology by the MACC on the front page as it was against their brand and editorial positioning.
The court later ordered the defendants to get the NST to publish an apology on the third page of the newspaper by April 29.
“The Attorney-General’s Chambers offered for the publication of the apology on page nine of the newspaper (NST) but we did not agree to it,” Nair added.
On April 27, 2009, Khalid sued Ahmad Said, the MACC and the Government for defamation over a statement that he had abused his power as Mentri Besar.
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