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Tony Pua Settles Defamation Suit Against Utusan Melayu

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KUALA LUMPUR: PJ Utara MP Tony Pua has settled his defamation suit against Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd which allegedly implied that he was a bigot.

High Court judge Justice Rosilah Yop recorded consent judgment on Tuesday after both parties reached a full settlement over the civil dispute.

Utusan’s lawyer Azhar Arman Ali said that both parties would publish their clarification statements respectively over articles which were published by them, and perceived as defamatory.

Pua’s lawyer Sara Lau said it was a settlement reached by way of mediation.

“Both will publish their clarification statements on Dec 7. Pua will publish his clarification in his Facebook (account) on Dec 7,” she said.

Both counsel confirmed that there was no costs involved in the settlement.

In his suit filed on Feb 11, Pua, who is also DAP national publicity secretary, had named the publisher of Mingguan Malaysia, Utusan Melayu, its group editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak and the editor of Mingguan Malaysia Mohd Zin Mahmud as the defendants.

In the statement of claim, Pua said the defendants had published an article containing offending words of him in Mingguan Malaysia dated June 30 last year, implying that he was a bigot.

Among others, Pua said the words had meant that he was prejudiced and intolerant of Muslims and their religious obligation to fast during Ramadan.

He said the words had implied that he was insensitive to the needs and feelings of the Muslim community and had provoked them.

He claimed that his reputation had been seriously damaged and he suffered hurt, distress and embarrassment due to the publication.

Pua had sought for general damages for libel, aggravated damages, exemplary damages and an injunction to restrain the defendants from publishing similar defamatory words against him.-The Star

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