Teresa Kok applies for committal proceedings against Azwanddin in defamation suit

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has set Feb 18 to hear the application for committal proceedings by Teresa Kok (pic) against Pertubuhan Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah for allegedly failing to comply with the terms of settlement in a defamation suit filed by the Primary Industries Minister.

The defamation suit, filed by Kok against Azwanddin for linking her in the land dispute issue involving the Seafield Sri Maha Marimman temple in Subang, had been amicably resolved at the High Court on July 29, 2019, with judicial commissioner Datin Rohani Ismail recording the terms of the settlement.

Lawyer S.N. Nair, who was representing Kok, told reporters that the new hearing date was set by Rohani, who was due to hear the application on Tuesday (Feb 4), after a no-show by Azwanddin.

"Azwanddin was absent from today's proceedings as he has a case in the Magistrate's Court in Ampang," said Nair.

Azwanddin had, on Tuesday (Feb 4), claimed trial at the Ampang Magistrate's Court after being charged with making a speech with references to the May 13, 1969 incident, which could cause fear or alarm to the public, two years ago.

Kok filed her application for committal proceedings on Oct 8, 2019, after Azwanddin failed to comply with the terms of settlement for the defamation suit, which stated that he has to publish his apology in three news publications, namely The Star, Sinar Harian, and Sin Chew Daily, as well as paying for costs.

The committal proceedings were filed as Azwanddin failed to fulfil the terms of settlement within 45 days of the settlement of the defamation suit on July 29, 2019.

Kok had filed the defamation suit against Azwanddin on Jan 8, 2019, claiming that Azwanddin as JMM president had given a speech that contained oral and written slander, in a gathering held at Dataran Seni Klang, Selangor on Dec 25, 2018.

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