KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 ― The High Court here has fixed four days, beginning June 25 next year for the hearing of a defamation suit filed by Subang Member of Parliament, R. Sivarasa against Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh set the date in chambers today in the presence of Sivarasa’s lawyer Latheefa Koya and Datuk S. Satharuban, who represented Tengku Adnan.
Latheefa told reporters that the court also fixed January 25 for case management.
On June 1, Sivarasa, as the plaintiff, filed the suit against Tengku Adnan, who is also Putrajaya Member of Parliament, over alleged defamatory remarks made in his speech at a breaking-of-fast at Masjid Jamek Alam Shah mosque in Cheras.
In the statement of claim, Sivarasa alleged that the remarks implied that he did not respect a place of worship for Muslims when using a mosque for political purposes, disrespecting the purity of the mosque or surau in the month of Ramadan.
The defamatory remarks were republished in Malaysiakini website, the print and electronic media.
The plaintiff also claimed that Tengku Adnan had the knowledge of his statement on May 31, which denied that he had made political talks at an event at Masjid An-Nur in Kampung Melayu Subang on May 24.
Sivarasa is seeking general and aggravated damages, interest and costs as well as an injunction order to prevent the defendant (Tengku Adnan) from reproducing the same defamatory words against him. ― Bernama