KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and the Prime Minister’s press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad have been advised to opt for mediation to find a possible settlement to their civil dispute.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Roslan Abu Bakar advised both parties to seek mediation in order to find an amicable settlement.
This was revealed by Mukhriz’s lawyer Irzan Iswat Mohd Nor after the parties met the judicial commissioner in chambers on Wednesday.
“It is up to our clients whether they are agreeable to a settlement or not,” said Irzan.
He said JC Roslan had set Aug 10 for case management in order for the parties to update him if they wished to file any applications for hearing, if no settlement was reached.
Lawyer Ooi She Yi, who appeared for the defendant, said his client was still deciding if he wanted to apply to strike out the defamation suit by Mukhriz.
The former Kedah mentri besar is suing Tengku Sarifuddin for allegedly implying that he practised “dirty politics”.
In his statement of defence, filed on June 13, Tengku Sarifuddin said he had never defamed Mukhriz in any of his media statements seeking to clarify issues and untruths spread about Prime Minster Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Tengku Sharifuddin, 54, said the statements were published based on qualified privilege and without malice.
He said his media statements were made in his official capacity to prevent rumours or political allegations against the Prime Minister.
In his statement of claim, Mukhriz, 51, said that Tengku Sarifuddin had issued four libellous media statements between April 15 and April 26 against him.