KUALA LUMPUR: The defamation suit filed by Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong against Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah has been settled out of court.
Liew filed the suit defamation suit against Azwanddin on Dec 27 last year (2018) following Azwanddin's Facebook posting alleging that Liew intentionally wore a "communist uniform" to a military event.
The post is said to have been uploaded on Oct 30 last year and contained an image accompanied by Azwanddin's remarks.
The RM20mil suit also mentioned an article Azwanddin wrote on Nov 19 last year titled "Kementerian Pertahanan Kini Berada Dalam Tekanan Dan Ancaman" (The Defence Ministry is under pressure and threat).
The two parties agreed to resolve the matter on terms reflected in a consent judgment before High Court judge Datuk Azimah Omar today (Wed, Aug 28), said lawyer Ramkarpal Singh.
When met outside the court, Ramkarpal who was representing Liew said that Azwanddin had apologised for the posts.
"The defendant (Azwanddin) has expressed his apology and has stated that the allegations made by him in the postings were without basis and untrue," he said.
He added that among the terms was that Azwanddin had to publish his apology in six publications, including The Star Online, within 14 days.
Azwanddin also had to pay RM40,000 to Liew within 90 days from Wednesday (Aug 28), he said.
"The defendant is also prohibited, via his own self, an agent, or his employees, from expressing, writing, or publishing speeches or words that are deemed defamatory as stated in the statement of claim dated Dec 27,2018," he added.
Liew, who was present at court, told the media outside the court that the uniform he was wearing at the military event was the one supplied that Defence Ministry.
"I hope that Malaysians won't play up racial issues and sentiments.
"As the National Day and Malaysia Day approach, we should remember that we are all Malaysians and that those in the government, no matter what their race is, they serve all Malaysians," said Liew.
Azwanddin was represented by lawyer Sarah Abishegam.