Court of Appeal upholds decision to dismiss Shila Amzah defamation suit

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here has dismissed an appeal by local singer Shila Amzah (pic) against an entertainment reporter and two others over allegedly defamatory articles published in a Malay daily three years ago.

It upheld the High Court decision which dismissed her lawsuit on March 31.

Justice David Wong Dak Wah who sat with Justices Abang Islandar Abang Hashim and Hasnah Mohammed Hashim said they found that the trial judge had correctly dealt with all the issues in her judgement.

Justice Wong instructed Shila and her company Shila Amzah Entertainment Bhd to each pay RM20,000 in costs to the three respondents – Kosmo! entertainment reporter Maliah Surip, the editor and publisher Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd.

He made the decision after hearing submissions from parties on Thursday (Dec 7).

On March 31, High Court judge Justice Rosnaini Saub dismissed Shila's suit after the defence presented that the published article contained a fair review and was not malicious.

In her judgement, Justice Rosnaini said the court also found that the article published by Kosmo! was made under qualified privilege.

The court also ruled that as a celebrity, Shila, whose real name is Nurshahila Amir Amzah, must be open to criticism.

In her statement of claims, the singer claimed that Maliah wrote several defamatory articles relating to her live concert in Malaysia at the Mega Star Arena on Sept 13, 2014, which were published in the tabloid on Sept 17, 2014.

Both plaintiffs also sought compensation, additional costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

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