Anwar, Muhyiddin agree to end personal dispute involving defamation suits

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his predecessor Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have agreed to end a personal dispute between them involving two defamation suits at the High Court.

In a similar statement posted on their social media accounts, Anwar and Muhyiddin said they have decided to resolve the lawsuits after taking the advice of the court.

Both leaders cited their concern over the people’s welfare as a consideration for the settlement.

They also expressed their appreciation to the High Court and the court officials involved.

“We have also agreed to not issue further statements on the matter.

“We hope this decision will not be used as a tool to disrupt the nation's stability, the people’s wellbeing and also confidence in the judiciary,” they said on Friday (June 14).

On Dec 20, 2022, Anwar sued Muhyiddin over the latter's allegation that he (Anwar) was paid RM15mil while he was the economic adviser to Selangor.

In the statement of claim, Anwar said Muhyiddin made those claims during an election speech at Taman Selasih in Kulim on Dec 5, 2022, in support of Perikatan Nasional candidate Datuk Azman Nasrudin.

Meanwhile, on July 27, 2023, Muhyiddin sued Anwar over the latter’s comments on the issue regarding the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlers’ debt.

In April, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Muhyiddin agreed to end a personal dispute between them involving a defamation suit at the High Court.

The two leaders cited similar reasons as to why they decided to resolve the lawsuits.

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