Saturday March 9, 2013
Anwar sues over Lahad Datu reports
KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibahim is suing Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd and Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd (TV3) for allegedly linking him to the intrusion by an armed Sulu group in Lahad Datu.
The PKR leader said both defendants had published or broadcast false statements against him.
He is seeking RM100mil in damages from both parties.
In his statement of claim, Anwar said Utusan Melayu had published a defamatory statement in Utusan Malaysia on March 2 while TV3 had broadcast the news through Buletin Utama between 8pm and 9pm on the same day with malicious intent.
He said the statements had implied that he was a threat to national security, a traitor and involved in terrorism.
He said the defamatory words had meant that he was not fit to hold the Opposition Leader’s position or public office and was untrustworthy.
The Permatang Pauh MP said the defendants had failed to retract the statements, apologise and pay damages when he had sent a letter of demand on March 4.
He had named Utusan Melayu, its group editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak, TV3, its group managing editor Datuk Shahruddin Abdul Latif and its Buletin Utama news editor Ing Boon Seng as defendants.
He filed his lawsuit at the High Court civil registry yesterday through his lawyers N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya.