Chess championship director to file defamation suit over Facebook post

Sophian (left) with his lawyer Mohd Harris.

KUALA LUMPUR: National Scholastic Chess Championship director Sophian A.Yusuf will file a suit against chess coach Kaushal Khandar for making allegedly defamatory statements over a controversy regarding a girl's dressing at the tournament.

"We will commence legal action against Kaushal as soon as we get his full particulars," said Sophian's lawyer Mohd Harris Abdullah.

He added that Sophian might also sue three others, including certain politicians.

"We are looking at the possibility of suing those who have taken this Facebook post and made populist statements for their political survival," said Mohd Harris.

Harris said that he would be sending the letters of demand by next week, even if they issued an apology.

"We must send them a notice of demand asking them to apologise. That is the first step to legal action. But we will still sue," said Mohd Harris at a press conference on Wednesday.

Mohd Harris said his firm was collecting a list of people who have slandered his client.

Sophian also told reporters that he had lodged a police report against Kaushal.

When contacted on Wednesday, the girl's mother Chin Wai Ling and her chess coach Kaushal Khandhar declined to comment further on the issue.

The issue arose after a 12-year-old girl was forced to withdraw from a chess championship for wearing a dress that was allegedly deemed improper by the organisers of the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 on April 14 in Putrajaya.

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