KUALA LUMPUR: FashionValet and the dUCk Group founder Datin Vivy Sofinas Yusof has sued a woman for defaming her on social media in relation to the government’s financial relief for the B40 and M40 groups.
The 33-year-old fashion icon filed the suit through law firm Messrs Foong Cheng Leong & Co on June 15.
She named Alia Najwa Hassannudin, 28, as the sole defendant.
According to her statement of claim which was sighted by the media, Vivy published an “IGTV” video on her Instagram account of a conversation between four entrepreneurs, including one Datuk Seri Raymond Liew.
The conversation was about the economic status during the pandemic, the movement control order and the economic stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The video was later censured by her Instagram followers and she deleted it within hours of publishing.
On March 30, Vivy claimed the defendant — on the latter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts — made statements that wrongly accused her of questioning the government’s initiative in providing aid to the B40 and M40 groups when they were making no contributions to the country.
She claimed never to have uttered words that questioned the government’s initiative and neither did Liew make any reference to the B40 and M40 groups in the video.
She claimed the defendant’s alleged defamatory statements meant to say that she had insulted and belittled the two groups, that she was not sympathetic and that did not care about those who were affected by Covid-19.
Vivy further claimed that the statements posted by the defendant were made with malice and had been viral on social media.
As a result, she claimed her personal and professional reputation as a member of the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) board of directors was badly affected.
She also claimed the defendant’s statements had caused other netizens to openly insult, attack, censure and condemn her.
Subsequently, Vivy claimed, the statements caused the launch of an online petition on April 1 to remove her from UiTM’s board with some 230,000 Internet users signing it.
On April 2, the plaintiff said a letter of demand (LOD) was issued to the defendant, whereby one of the demands was for the defendant to stop publishing any defamatory statements against her on social media.
Vivy claimed the defendant had replied to the letter through Facebook but failed to comply with all the demands.
Apart from general, aggravated and exemplary damages, Vivy is seeking a court order for the defendant to take down the statements as well as to issue an apology.
She is also seeking interests, costs, and other reliefs deemed fit by the court.
The lawsuit is fixed for case management before High Court judge Justice Datin Rohani Ismail on Oct 7.