Utusan to appeal after KL court rules in favour of Redberry over RM8.5m claim

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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 13): Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd is appealing a Kuala Lumpur High Court's ruling in favour of media company Redberry Sdn Bhd, which is seeking the return of an RM8.5 million deposit paid to Utusan in April last year.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia today, Utusan said the board of directors has today instructed its solicitors to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the High Court's decision in Redberry’s favour on Feb 11. 

"Despite the High Court's decision, the company’s counterclaim against the plaintiff (Redberry) for inter alia the sums totalling RM48.32 million, general damages and exemplary damages under the main suit still subsists, which counterclaim will extinguish the summary judgment obtained by the plaintiff for the sum of RM8.5 million," it added.

Utusan also said any further material development of the matter will be announced accordingly.

On Sept 5, 2018, Redberry, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ancom Bhd, claimed that Utusan had failed to refund the RM8.5 million deposit paid for a 48-month campaign worth RM10 million. The company is also seeking interest of 5% per year on the amount and costs on a full indemnity basis.

On Aug 20, 2018, the Malay-language newspaper and publisher was classified as a Practice Note 17 company as it defaulted in its principal and profit payment to Maybank Islamic Bhd and Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd totalling RM1.18 million, and was unable to provide a solvency declaration to Bursa.

Utusan shares closed down 1.5 sen or 5.56% to 25.5 sen today, for a market capitalisation of RM28.24 million. Shares of Ancom closed 0.5 sen or 1.05% lower at 47 sen, giving it a market capitalisation of RM109.39 million.