Rosmah gets judgment in default against TikTok user

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has successfully obtained a judgment in default (JID) from the High Court here against a TikTok account owner in a defamation lawsuit involving her looks.

On Tuesday (May 28), Justice Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh allowed Rosmah's application to enter a JID against defendant Ku Muhammad Hilmie Ku Din, who failed to enter an appearance in the case.

The court also made an order for general, aggravated and exemplary damages to be assessed by the High Court at a later date.

Rosmah was represented by lawyers Sureshmurti Ramani and Mohamed Baharudeen Mohamed Ariff.

Rosmah filed the suit through Messrs Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak on Sept 19.

She claimed that Ku Hilmie had uploaded a TikTok video on March 2 last year containing defamatory content against her.

The wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak claimed the posting, in its ordinary or normal meaning, implied that she committed a sin, was linked to bomoh activities and Satan, had practised polytheism, and that she should repent.

She said the TikTok post had prejudiced her reputation as the wife of a former prime minister of Malaysia and patron to charities.

Rosmah claimed that as a result, she suffered criticism and that her reputation as a public figure was smeared.

She sought general, aggravated and exemplary damages to be assessed by the court, and an injunction to stop Ku Hilmie or his assistants or agents from repeating the defamatory post, in addition to other relief deemed fit by the court.

The injunction application, however, was withdrawn because of the non-appearance of the defendant.

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