KUALA LUMPUR: Teresa Kok and former Seputeh DAP branch chairman Wong Choo Chieang will go for a mediation to find a possible settlement over her defamation suit against him.
The Seputeh MP, 51, is suing Wong, 76, for allegedly implying that she has abused her power and used public funds for personal use.
On Friday, Kok's lawyer K. Murali said both parties have agreed to go through mediation to settle the suit amicably and this was confirmed by Wong's lawyer D.M. Rao.
Murali said mediation judge Zainal L. Salleh would meet both parties on Oct 8 over their stand for a possible settlement.
He said they have to inform High Court judge Justice Rosnaini Saub on Nov 3 if a settlement could be reached in the civil claim.
In the amended claim filed on March 26, Kok said Wong held a press conference on Feb 5 last year at a restaurant in Taman OUG here and distributed a media statement allegedly defaming her.
She said the statement had been published in local media and abroad as well as republished in the online portals the next day.
Kok, who is also the DAP national vice-chairman, said the libellous articles were published without taking into consideration the truth of the matter which ruined her reputation and good name.
Among others, Kok said the articles had meant that she was unscrupulous and fraudulently misused the party's funds or donations from the public amounting to RM300,000.
Kok said that she has been portrayed as unethical, a corrupt person and a liar, causing her to suffer distress and embarrassment.
On Nov 11 last year, Kok said she had through her solicitor sought for a retraction, an apology and damages from Wong but he had failed to do so.
She is seeking for over RM1mil in damages and an injunction to stop him from uttering, writing, publishing or spreading any similar libellous articles against her.
In the amended statement of defence filed on April 15, Wong said he had given the press conference on an invitation to give explanation after several issues against him were published by the Chinese newspapers.
Wong said the publication was protected under qualified privilege and that it was true and alternatively, a fair comment on a matter of public interest.
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