GEORGE TOWN: Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid won a defamation suit against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for calling her a racist grandmother.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan ordered Lim to pay RM500,000 in damages with a 5% interest per annum and RM40,000 in legal cost.
Nordin also granted an injunction to prevent Lim, who DAP secretary-general, from further repeating the remark.
Nordin also ordered Lim to retract his statement in the media.
The court also dismissed Lim’s counterclaim that Jahara had associated him with the operator of the Mazu Temple on Pulau Jerejak and an alleged name change of that island to Penang Mazu Island.
Lim had instructed counsel Datuk N. Mureli to file an appeal. Datuk Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos represented Jahara.-The Star