KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been granted an extension of a temporary injunction order to stop PJ Utara MP Tony Pua from defaming him in relation to a video clip posting on Facebook.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh extended the temporary restraining order pending disposal of the hearing of a permanent injunction application by Najib.
Speaking to reporters after the proceedings in chambers Friday, Najib's lawyer Nik Alia Hanafi said JC Wan Ahmad Farid set May 24 to hear submissions by both parties over the permanent injunction bid.
"Najib is applying for an injunction order to stop Pua from defaming him in any manner in relation to the video clip posting," said Nik Alia.
Pua's lawyer Joanne Chua, who confirmed the details, said the judicial commissioner had granted the extension of a temporary injunction obtained from another High Court judge on April 21, after the initial 21-day order lapsed on May 12.
"The judicial commissioner granted the extension of the temporary injunction on the same terms," added Chua.
Najib had on April 21 sued Pua over the posting of an allegedly defamatory video clip on Facebook.
The live video was about PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act. Najib claimed Pua broadcast it from the Parliament complex on April 6.
Najib contended that the almost two-and-a-half-minute clip contained slanderous words against him in his capacity as Prime Minister and Finance Minister.
The video was posted on Pua’s Facebook page and accessible to Internet users worldwide, according to him.
The Prime Minister is claiming that Pua had malicious intent to slander him and knew that the video would affect his reputation.
He said the words used implied that he had abused his power by giving a directive to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker to make way for the tabling of the Bill.
In addition, Najib said it also implied that he was a leader who practised dirty politics to ensure he stayed in power and portrayed him as having conspired with PAS “to create split Malay votes among the Opposition parties”.
Apart from that, Najib claimed the statements suggested that he was cheating the people in a scandal involving 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), and it implied that he had stolen the people’s money, was untrustworthy and unfit to hold public office.
The premier is seeking general, additional and exemplary damages for slander and libel.
Among others, Najib is applying for an injunction to stop Pua from repeating the slanderous statements or publishing them, as well as a written apology from Pua in two mainstream newspapers and magazines of his choosing.
High Court judge Justice Abu Bakar Jais had on April 21 granted an ex-parte injunction to stop Pua from uttering or publishing similar words in any manner.