Liew’s defamation suit against Azwanddin to be heard on Sept 23

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on April 10, 2019.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here will begin hearing, on Sept 23, Deputy Defence Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong’s defamation suit against Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah, over the publication of two articles on social media about a so-called communist uniform.

High Court Judge Datuk Azimah Omar fixed three days of hearing for the case, and also set case management for July 8. Liew filed the suit through legal firm Karpal Singh & Co at the High Court registry here last Dec 27.

DAP Legal Bureau chairman Ramkarpal Singh, in a statement, said Azwanddin is sued for a Facebook posting where Azwanddin alleged the deputy minister intentionally wore a “communist uniform” to a military event. Azwanddin is alleged to have uploaded an image with the remark last Oct 30.

The suit is also over an article written by Azwanddin on JMM’s website last Nov 19, entitled Kementerian Pertahanan Kini Berada Dalam Tekanan Dan Ancaman (The defence ministry is under pressure and threat).

Liew is seeking RM20 million in general and exemplary damages, as well as an injunction restraining Azwanddin from publishing similar articles. Vince Tan Hoo Seh appeared on behalf of Liew, and Sarah Abishegam represented Azwanddin yesterday.