KUALA LUMPUR: Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd has withdrawn its defamation suit against activist Hue Fui How after the latter apologised in court for his allegations against the former’s gold mining operations in Raub.
Hue, 68, was the secretary for the Pahang Raub Ban Cyanide in Gold Mining Action Committee (BCAC).
Raub Australian’s counsel Sunil Abraham read out the statement of apology before High Court Judge Yeoh Wee Siam, where Hue apologised for his remarks made during a radio interview and in an article carried by an online portal.
Hue admitted he was not aware of any justifications to statements he made in an article, Bukit Koman Mining: Why the mystery?, published on Free Malaysia Today on July 4, 2012, and in an Aug 17, 2012 interview on BFM89.9 radio’s current affairs programme.
According to the statement of apology, Raub Australian was operating a carbon-in-leach gold recovery plant at Bukit Koman under Mining Certificate 483, now known as Mining Lease 1669.
The company said the defamatory statements had arisen when concerns raised by the residents of Kampung Bukit Koman through BCAC were published in various media.
Apart from Hue, Raub Australian Gold Mining had earlier filed suits against other activists – namely BCAC chairman Wong Kim Hoon and vice-chairman Shirley Hue Shieh Lee, as well as Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today.
It has settled three suits to date, with only cases against Shirley Hue and Malaysiakini still pending.
Mtoday News Sdn Bhd – parent of Free Malaysia Today – and reporter Aneesa Alphonsus apologised to Raub Australian Gold Mining on March 21 this year as part of an out-of-court settlement.
The company had insisted allegations that sodium cyanide used in gold extraction posed a danger to Bukit Koman residents were unsubstantiated.