Published: Friday July 15, 2011 MYT 12:48:00 PM
Updated: Friday July 15, 2011 MYT 1:34:11 PM
Ex-Petronas senior exec wins defamation suit against CTOS, awarded RM200,000
By M. MAGESWARI
KUALA LUMPUR: A former Petronas senior executive won RM200,000 in his defamation suit against CTOS Sdn Bhd for implying he was almost bankrupt or bankrupt.
High Court Justice Siti Khadijah S Hassan Badjenid ordered CTOS to pay Shafie Abd Rahman, 55, the money in damages for "his injuries and misery".
She also ordered CTOS to pay Shafie costs and 8% interest from the date of judgment until its full settlement.
Shafie had claimed that the credit data information services company had wrongly retrieved the details of a bankruptcy notice issued by the Kuala Terengganu High Court which was advertised in a local daily on Jan 17, 2003, keyed it into its system bearing his name and submitted a report about it to banks.
In his suit filed in March 23, 2006, Shafie claimed the defendants action had caused him to suffer humiliation and mental stress, adding that it also prompted two banks to deny him a loan to buy an apartment.
The plaintiff further claimed that he had checked with CTOS after paying RM30 for the service on April 5, 2005 upon getting a hint from one of the bank officials over the matter and confirmed his status.
In the statement of defence filed Aug 4, 2006, CTOS said it provided services to clients for a certain fee after gathering information through various methods.
CTOS further contended that the confidential information supplied to its clients was in the form of a report containing an explanation that it was not intended as confirmation of the current status of the case and that they had to further investigate with the relevant parties.