KUALA LUMPUR: The lawsuit by prominent member of G25 group of eminent Malays, Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin,(pic) against a businessman for implying that she had insulted Islam, is set to go for a trial.
High Court judge Justice Yeoh Wee Siam fixed hearing for the trial for three days from Nov 28.
In her lawsuit, Noor Farida, 69, said Azmi Arshad had on July 13 last year published a defamatory article on Portal Islam & Melayu on the
Internet and on his Facebook account.
Speaking to reporters after the matter in chambers yesterday, Noor Farida’s lawyer, Yap Boon Hau, said had to discuss further with his
client over witnesses to be called for the hearing proper.
Azmi’s lawyer, Azad Bashir, said the court has set Sept 30 for case management to comply with the directives for trial.
Among others, Noor Farida, said the words meant that she had deliberately allowed racist and provocative comments on the opposition
news portal and that she was not a good Muslim.
Noor Farida said the words implied that she had acted against the interests of the country and was not fit to be a Malaysian, adding that the allegations against her were wholly unjustified.
She said her personal and business reputation had been gravely damaged and she had undergone considerable distress, hurt and embarrassment over the matter.
In her suit dated March 7, among others, Noor Farida is seeking general damages for libel, an apology and an injunction to restrain Azmi from further publishing similar defamatory words against her.
In the amended statement of defence dated April 18, Azmi denied defaming Noor Farida and contended that the facts were true and
Azmi said the words in the article and the Facebook posting was a fair comment on a matter which involved public interest and that those
words were published on the defence of qualified privilege.