KUALA LUMPUR: Former attorney general Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has filed a defamation suit against Lim Kit Siang over his remarks linking him to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.
He is seeking damages of RM10mil from Lim, excluding costs.
In his statement of claim, Apandi alleged that Lim's remarks that were published in the news portal Malaysiakini on May 6 this year gave the impression that he was “involved” and had “abetted and aided” in the scandal.
His statement of claim also alleged Lim had implied that Apandi was “someone who was involved in criminal acts, especially the 1MDB scandal” in his remarks.
The statement of claim added that Kit Siang had also, among others, given the impression that he lacked “integrity”, was “immoral”, and that he lacked the “professional ethics to hold the office of Attorney General” through his remarks.
Lim had allegedly made the defamatory remarks in his opinion piece, “Dangerous fallacy to think Malaysia's on the road to integrity”, for the MP Speaks column in Malaysiakini, the statement of claim said.
“The plaintiff pleads that due to the defendant's remarks in the article, the plaintiff has faced great suffering, the damage to his good name, and brings shame to the plaintiff in facing his family and acquaintances, fellow law professionals, and Malaysian society,” said Apandi in his statement of claim.