Felda wins defamation suit against Wan Azizah, two others

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its investment company have won a defamation suit against PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Kamaludin Md Said held that Felda as a statutory body had the right to sue the parties under Section 15 (1) of the Land Development Act 1956.

“There is a statutory provision for the plaintiff (Felda) on the right to sue. Therefore, Felda can institute the civil proceedings (against the defendants). It can sue to protect its reputation,” he said after dismissing the preliminary issue raised in the matter.

Judicial Commissioner Kamaludin said Felda is entitled to enter judgment on liability in the civil dispute.

“Only Parliament, and not the court, can take away those rights (to sue),” he said.

JC Kamaludin ordered a senior assistant registrar to assess costs as well as aggravated and exemplary damages to be awarded to the plaintiffs for libel and malicious falsehood.

JC Kamaludin also granted an injunction to restrain the defendants from repeating the defamatory words.

“Apology is not allowed,” he added.

The defendants’ lead counsel Francis Pereira said that his clients had on Sept 30 admitted liability in respect of two defamatory articles.

Felda was represented by lead counsel Datuk Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin and lawyer Cheng Mai.

Felda had on Aug 16, 2010 sued Dr Wan Azizah, her then deputy Dr Syed Husin Ali and four others for RM200mil over claims that the statutory body was bankrupt.

In the defamation claim, the plaintiffs – Felda and its investment company Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd – sued six defendants for false allegations over the process of buying the Felda building.

Suara Keadilan publisher Pelita Koridor Sdn Bhd, its printer Percetakan NPK Sdn Bhd, its editor Dzulkarnain Taib and its writer Rusnizam Mahat are the other four defendants.

On Oct 26, 2010 Felda obtained judgment-in-default-of-appearance in the suit against Suara Keadilan’s publisher and printer.

Dzulkarnain had on Sept 30 had apologised to Felda and undertake to refrain from making any further allegations.

Felda has contended that it sued PKR as the party is responsible for the publication of the monthly newspaper Suara Keadilan which carried the two allegedly defamatory articles in its June 22-29, 2010 edition.

In Photos: Wacana Agenda Kristian Se Dunia: Rujukan Khas Malaysia

Dr. Yusri Mohamad, former president of ABIM and Chairman of PEMBELA
Dr. Yusri Mohamad, former president of ABIM and Chairman of PEMBELA welcoming the participants to the discourse. (photo is under the CC-BY-SA-4.0 License)
Dr. Ashraf giving his speech
Dr. Ashraf Wajdi Dusuki, the president Islamic Da’wah Foundation Malaysia (Yadim) president officiated the program.
A. Karim Omar presenting his slideshow during the Wacana Agenda Kristian Se-Dunia
My father, A. Karim Omar, the secretary general of Muafakat and PEMBELA is presenting his paper and slideshows during the Wacana Agenda Kristian Se-Dunia.
Abdul Razak telling the tale of his daughter/son who also murtad.
Uncle Abdul Razak shares his experience with the participants.
Mat Som telling the story about her daughter, Azlina Jailani that was converted to Christian
Puan Kalthum Omar or Nenek Som , the mother of Azlina Jailani or Lina Joy is telling the sad story about her daughter.
Dato' Zainul Rijal bin Abu Bakar during his speech
Uncle Dato’ Zainul Rijal bin Abu Bakar the president of Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia talks about the ‘kalimah Allah’ case on August 22, 2013.
Abdul Karim bin Omar answering questions
A. Karim bin Omar and Dr. Yusri during the question and answer session.
From Left, Uncle Zainol Rijal, Ustaz Nasharudin Mat Isa, ____, Dr. Ashraf, ---, ---, ---, ---, Dato' Aidit Ghazali
Before the program started.
Zulkifli Noordin (C)
The participants are listening to the speech.
Sitting on the wheelchair is Mat Som
Beside Nenek Som (R) is Aunty Liza (in black jubah).
With Ustaz Nasharudin Mat Isa
Ustaz Nasha (R) and I (L).
Ibrahim Ali and Ustaz Nasharudin Mat Isa having a secret discussion hiding behind a plant.
A secret meeting behind a plastic plant! I wonder what is Datuk Ibrahim Ali (L) from PERKASA telling Ustaz Nasharudin Mat Isa (R).
From left: Uztazah _______ _____, Uztaz Nakhaie
At the VIP dinning room. From left is Datuk Nakhaie Ahmad’s wife, Datuk Nakhaie Ahmad and Uncle Norman.
From Left: Uncle Mahmud, Uncle Anuar, Abang Razak. Atuk Mansor, Aunty Zaharah Sulaiman, __________, Uncle YB Zulkifli bin Noordin
At another table, from left is Uncle Mahmud, Uncle Anuar, Abang Razak, Atuk Mansor, Aunty Zaharah Sulaim, ex Suara Keadilan editor and Uncle Datuk Zulkifli bin Noordin.
From Left: Mat Som(Lina Joy's Mother), ______, Dr. Yusri Mohammad.
From left is Nenek Som, her grandson and Uncle Yusri.
From Left: Aunty Liza, Mat Som, _____, Asmahan Ahmad, Dr. Yusri Mohammad
From left is Aunty Liza, Aunty Som, her grandson, my mother and Uncle Yusri.
From left, Uncle Sheikh Karim (not my father…), me, Uncle Zul and Uncle Mahmud are having our lunch.
We are enjoying our lunch.
With Zahrah Binti Sulaiman
My photo with Aunty Zahrah Sulaiman, a historian.
With Mat Som
A photo with Nenek Som. From left is Uncle Yusri, Aunty Liza, my big sister Kashah, Ahmad Ali (me) and Abang Nik.
Mat Som is carried on her wheelchair to go to the car.
Nenek Som is carried on her wheelchair to go to the car.
Mat Som is carried on her wheelchair to go to the car.
I’m  trying to help too ,,,,,
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