KUALA LUMPUR: Sungai Besar Umno division head Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos has apologised to former minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin to settle a defamation suit in relation to Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds.
Jamal, 50, read out his statement of apology at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex compound yesterday.
“I now acknowledge that YB Yeo Bee Yin is an honest and transparent person in managing Skim Mesra Usia Emas money.
“I would like to apologise to YB Yeo Bee Yin for my mistake. I’m sorry, YB Yeo Bee Yin, ” he said.
The suit was scheduled to be heard before High Court judge Rozana Ali Yusoff, but both parties agreed to settle it through a consent judgment.
Earlier, Rozana recorded the consent judgment and thanked the parties involved for agreeing to settle out of court.
“Today we have reached a solution, so the court has recorded the agreement. The court also thanked the parties because this case has dragged on for some time, as in the current movement control order, the court has to prioritise old cases, ” she said.
Based on the draft judgment, Jamal, as the defendant represented by lawyer Mohammed Nasser Yusof, had to apologise to Yeo as the plaintiff in front of all journalists and photographers in the compound of the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex.
The defendant, his agents or workers are barred from further uttering, writing, publishing or disseminating the said defamatory speech.
Jamal is also prohibited from uttering, writing, publishing or disseminating words that are said to be defamatory as in the amended statement of claims on June 16,2017 or words that have the same effect on the plaintiff or statements that can be considered defamatory.
The consent judgment cannot be binding and applied to the defendant by any other party having a similar suit against Jamal. It is also without order as to costs.
Yeo filed the suit on June 14,2017, demanding damages of RM5mil from Jamal for his allegedly defamatory statement regarding the issue of misappropriation of Yawas funds.
The statement of claim by Yeo, who is also the Bakri Member of Parliament, claimed that Jamal had issued the statement on March 21,2017 and that it was published by several newspapers, news portals and on the defendant’s Facebook.
Yeo claimed the statement, among others, gave the impression that she had misused public funds and was unethical and untrustworthy — Bernama