Waytha sues Lokman over defamatory speech on Adib’s death

by BERNAMA/ pic by TMR

MINISTER in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy (picture) has sued Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam over a defamatory speech involving the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim at an assembly held at the federal capital on Jan 4.

The defamation suit was filed by Waytha, 53, the minister in charge of national unity and social wellbeing, as the plaintiff through Azri, Lee Swee Seng and Co on April 26 by naming Lokman Noor, 46, as the defendant.

The media obtained a copy of the document after case management in the chambers of High Court Judge Datuk Seri Latifah Mohd Tahar yesterday, which was also attended by counsel Annou Xavier, who represents the minister and lawyer N Logendran, who is acting for Lokman Noor.

Annou told reporters that the court has set Nov 1 for case management.

In his statement of claims, Waytha, who is also a senator, alleged that the defendant had spoken at a protest attended by about 100 participants and the speech was uploaded on the defendant’s Facebook page which received 55,500 views and shared 1,658 times as of April 18.

The plaintiff claimed that the defamatory speech was uploaded in two videos via YouTube, KiniTV and Sinar TV with the heading “Several ministers tried to amend Adib’s post-mortem report”.

The defamatory speech, the plaintiff further claimed, was also produced in four articles, and among them had the heading “Lokman accuses ministers of trying to amend Adib’s post-mortem report” and “Waytha Moorthy among ministers who attempted to request a change in the post-mortem report on Adib” in several news sites including Malaysiakini and Minda Rakyat dated Jan 4 and 5.

He claimed the defamatory statement, among others, alleged that he is a dishonest minister who attempted to manipulate the medical report relating to the death of Muhammad Adib and failed to carry out his duties as a minister responsible for national unity and social wellbeing, apart from inciting riots at the Sri Mariamman Temple in USJ, Subang.

Lokman Noor, in his statement of defence filed on July 3, denied the speech at the assembly was defamatory to the minister and alleged the speech was fair comment and was based on facts in the interest of the people. — Bernama