Pua, Loke’s defamation suit against Tajuddin struck out

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  • Saturday, 13 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has struck out a defamation suit filed by Damansara MP Tony Pua and Transport Minister Anthony Loke against Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman over allegations that DAP planned to abolish the monarchy.

Judicial Commissioner Latifah Mohd Tahar allowed Tajuddin’s application in her chambers.

She ruled the plaintiffs failed to satisfy that the defendant had effected defamation.

Lawyer Farhan Haziq, who represented the plaintiffs (Loke and Pua), said the court did not make any orders as to costs.

“Our cause of action is on libel, so the court was of the view that we did not plead in our statement of claim that the defendant caused the publications (of the alleged defamatory statement).

On May 8, Tajuddin filed to strike out the lawsuit on grounds that the words he uttered did not refer to the plaintiffs’ post or profession.

On May 20, Pua and Loke filed the suit against Tajuddin over a speech he made at Kampung Jawa on the eve of the Sungai Kandis by-election on Aug 3, last year.

They claimed that Tajuddin had said in his speech that they were Christians and together with their colleagues in DAP, were working to spread the religion and also abolish the monarchy.

Pua and Loke claimed they were alleged by Tajuddin as attempting to establish a system of government without a constitutional monarchy, akin to Singapore.

They said Tajuddin’s speech was reported by news portal Malaysia­kini on the same day with the title “Tajuddin fires ‘Christian DAP’ salvo to close BN’s Sg Kandis campaign” and was shared 9,400 times.

In their statement of claim, Pua and Loke also claimed that Tajuddin’s statement implied they were using their position to advance a personal political agenda.

They also claimed that the speech by Tajuddin was made with malicious intent to tarnish their reputation in politics, and they therefore sought an injunction to stop him from publishing the defamatory words apart from issuing an apology.

They sought general, aggravated and exemplary damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

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