Settlement reached in ‘indecent’ chess attire lawsuit

KUALA LUMPUR: A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by Malaysian Chess Federation secretary Sophian A. Yusuf against Zuraida Kamaruddin (pic) over an incident where a 12-year-old girl was allegedly not allowed to participate in a tournament because of her attire.

Zuraida, who is currently the Housing and Local Government Minister, agreed to retract any insinuation against Sophian, including a statement she made on April 29, 2017.

Also settled was a suit filed by Sophian against the chess coach who first wrote about the issue on his Facebook page.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Rohani Ismail recorded both the settlements in chambers in the presence of Sophian's counsel Harris Abdullah as well as counsels Latheefa Koya and Shahid Adli Kamarudin, who acted for Zuraida.

Sophian, who was the director of the three-day National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 held in Putrajaya from Apr 14, 2017, filed the suit on Nov 20, 2017.

He alleged that on April 29, Zuraida had uttered a defamatory statement in her capacity as Wanita PKR chief.

He claimed that Zuraida's statement meant that he was a perverted man, a paedophile, sex-crazed and was induced due to the 12-year-old girl's dressing.

The statement was made after Sophian did not allow the girl to participate in the chess tournament because he deemed her skirt to be too short.

Sophian sought a permanent injunction to restrain Zuraida from repeating or publishing her statement via her Facebook account or newspaper and for her to make an apology in two mainstream media publications.

He also asked for general, special, exemplary and aggravated damages.

Lawsuit , Chess