SHAH ALAM: The six-year legal dispute between two former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo has finally been resolved through an apology made by the latter to the former in the High Court today.
The two defamation suits filed by Khalid in 2009 involved a libellous statement allegedly made by Mohamad Khir over the purchase of a Lexus car and 46 cows for sacrifice.
“I sincerely apologise for the statements I made which were published in the New Straits Times entitled “Lexus is my own, says Khalid” dated Jan 15, 2009 and another article entitled “Lepaskan Jawatan MB” published in Utusan Malaysia dated 23, 2009,” Mohamad Khir said when reading out his statement of apology.
He added that the statements he made in his capacity as the Selangor opposition leader might have injured Abdul Khalid’s reputation as the then Selangor Menteri Besar.
“I promise not to repeat my statements above in the future,” he said.
The confirmation of the settlement was sealed with a handshake between the two of them after Abdul Khalid accepted Mohamad Khir’s apology in court.
Earlier, counsel S. N. Nair who represented Abdul Khalid, said both parties had reached an agreement to settle the lawsuit stating the apology as part of a consensual judgment making no order as to cost.
Judicial Commissioner M.Gunalan recorded the consent judgement.
Outside the court today, Abdul Khalid expressed his gratitude for the settlement of the suit.
“Both of us have the same objective which is to do our best for the people in Selangor and the country,” he said.
Mohamad Khir when met by reporters said he was grateful that the court has called both parties for mediation as it had given them the opportunity to discuss and clarify on the matter.
“I feel that friendship is more important and it does not look good to our family members if we continue to fight,” he said.
He added that he hopes that this settlement will serve as an example to other politicians and the public.
Mohamad Khir was represented by counsel M. Athimulan.
On Feb 18, 2009, Abdul Khalid filed two suits naming Mohamad Khir as the defendant over statements published in newspapers on the purchase of a Lexus car and 46 cows for sacrifice.
In the statement of claim, he alleged that Mohamad Khir had made two statements which were defamatory published in the New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia which directly or indirectly implied, among others, that he was dishonest, unethical and had intentionally abused his position and public office for personal gain.-NST