KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has filed a RM10mil suit against DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang for allegedly defaming him in an article published by news portal Malaysiakini on his alleged involvement in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.
The former attorney general filed the suit on July 5 through the legal firm Messrs Saibullah M.V. Nathan & Co. It named Lim as the sole defendant.
The media obtained a copy of the document yesterday.
In his statement of claim, Moha-med Apandi, who was AG from July 27, 2015, to June 4, 2018, stated on May 6 this year, Lim wrote and published an article entitled “Dangerous fallacy to think Malaysia’s on the road to integrity” on Malaysiakini.
He claimed that the alleged libellous words in the article meant that he was involved in crime and had abetted in the 1MDB financial scandal, was a person with no morals and integrity, was unethical and had abused his power when he was the AG.
He said the libellous statements were untrue and written with the intention of tarnishing his image and credibility as a former Malaysian AG for cheap publicity.
The publication of the alleged libellous article, he said, had caused him embarrassment, not only among his family members but also acquaintances as well as the legal fraternity.
Mohamed Apandi claimed that the article was read by many people as it was republished and shared through WhatsApp, Twitter and other social media platforms such as Facebook.
He claimed that a notice was sent to Lim last June 13 seeking his withdrawal of the statement and also for him to give an apology, but Lim failed to do as requested.
Mohamed Apandi is seeking aggravated and exemplary damages, as well as RM10mil in general damages, an injunction to prevent Lim and/or his agents from publishing the alleged defamatory words again and other relief which the court deems fit. — Bernama