Published: Monday March 18, 2013 MYT 4:42:00 PM
Updated: Monday March 18, 2013 MYT 4:54:31 PM
MB Khalid to get apology from ex-MACC chief over graft allegations
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) head Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan (pix) is expected to issue an apology to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in open court Tuesday.
This is following a settlement reached by both parties in a defamation suit filed by Khalid against the MACC and two others over allegations of abuse of power.
The matter was brought before Justice Lau Bee Lan in chambers Monday.
Khalid told reporters outside the High Court here that MACC, through its former chief commissioner, will make the apology Tuesday.
Senior federal counsel Noorin Badaruddin represented the defendants while lawyer S. N. Nair represented Khalid.
On April 27, 2009, Khalid sued Ahmad Said, the MACC and the Government for defamation over the statement that he had abused his powers as Mentri Besar.
In his suit, Khalid claimed that a statement by Ahmad - in his capacity as the chief commissioner then - in a press conference on Feb 20, 2009, that the MACC had evidence to show that Khalid abused his powers over the maintenance of his personal car and over the purchase of 46 cows for a Hari Raya Aidiladha event for the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary constituency, was libelous.
In his court papers, Khalid who sought various damages, claimed that the statement meant that he was a liar, unprincipled, corrupt, unethical and an unfit politician who had committed a criminal offence.
Khalid applied for an injunction to stop the defendants from further uttering similar statements which he claimed instigated public hatred against him and lowered his esteem in the eyes of the public.
He also said the MACC had acted beyond its powers and by its actions, had effectively usurped the exclusive powers and functions of the Attorney-General.
In his defence, Ahmad contended that he had never made any defamatory statement against Khalid in a bid to ruin his reputation.
In the statement of defence filed on July 31, 2009, Ahmad said he had the right and responsibility under the law as well as moral and/or social duty to issue the statement on grounds of public interest.