Court case over Ku Nan allegation that Sivarasa 'disrespected' mosque resolved

KUALA LUMPUR: Last year on June 1, Umno treasurer Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (pic), made some remarks against (then) Subang MP and PKR politician R. Sivarasa, which the latter said (in a court filing) implied that he did not respect a place of worship for Muslims by using a mosque for political purposes.

Sivarasa was alleged to have given a political talk at an event at Masjid An-Nur in Kampung Melayu Subang on May 24, 2017, something which he denied a week later on May 31, 2017.

However, despite that denial, which Sivarasa claimed Tengku Adnan knew about,

he still proceeded to imply that Sivarasa had "disrespected" the purity of the mosque or surau during fasting month.

And so, on June 13 last year, Sivarasa sued Tengku Adnan for defamation.

On Friday (Nov 9), the suit was resolved after Tengku Adnan retracted his alleged defamatory statement against Sivarasa, who is now the Deputy Rural Development Minister.

Met by reporters on Friday, Sivarasa's counsel Latheefa Koya who was assisted by Shahid Adli Kamarudin, said Tengku Adnan had agreed to withdraw the statement and following that, her client also retracted the suit against the defendant.

"My client does not wish to prolong the issue and therefore he also withdrew the suit," she said after meeting High Court Judicial Commissioner Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh who later recorded the settlement in chambers.

She said the court made no order as to cost.

Meanwhile, Tengku Adnan's counsel Datuk S. Satharuban said all trial dates (fixed on Nov 19, 21 and 22) had been vacated.

Sivarasa and Tengku Adnan were not present at the court.