PETALING JAYA: Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi is adamant that he did not slander Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and says that he has been unfairly painted as admitting guilt in a defamation suit.
On Monday, DAP Secretary-general Lim and the PAS information chief agreed to settle the defamation suit over Nasarudin's Facebook post on Aug 6, 2014 titled "Apa beza Kidex dan Penang Tunnel?" (What's the difference between Kidex (the Kinrara–Damansara Expressway) and the Penang Tunnel?).
"They (Lim) sued me, and they are also the ones who requested for an out-of-court settlement. When the case was completed, they spun it and made me the guilty party," said Nasrudin in a post on the PAS official website on Tuesday.
He added that if that was their intention all along, then the case should not have been settled and gone to trial.
Nasruddin claimed that was resolute against an apology because maintained he had not defamed Lim, even after a year of being asked to apologise publicly.
"At least two negotiations were conducted through our legal teams. My decision remains that I will not apologise.
"Not because I am stubborn but because I did not slander LGE (Lim) in my article as was claimed in the writ of summons filed against me," he said.
Nasrudin claimed that it was not slander, but a misunderstanding over the usage of certain terminology like 'direct negotiation', 'open tender' and 'Request For Proposal (RFP)'.
After failing to reach a settlement during court proceedings on Tuesday, Nasrudin claimed that he and Lim continued a mediation session in chambers without their lawyers present.
The two parties then reached an out-of-court settlement and Nasrudin was ordered to pay RM10,000 in costs.
Nasrudin, who is Temerloh MP, told the High Court that after examining the documents submitted to the Court, he regretted that his statements had led to a misunderstanding with Lim.
He also said that he would withdraw some of the points made in his article against Lim, which were found to be baseless.
No apology from Nasrudin was recorded by the Court.
"It is improper that I continue to be tried outside Court even after the case has been closed and assumptions and media spinning continues, which clearly try to paint me as someone who has pleaded guilty," Nasrudin said.