by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic TMR
THE Kuala Lumpur High Court today has rejected Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s interim injunction application against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture) pending the disposal of his lawsuit against the former prime minister (PM).
As a result of the rejection, Ahmad Zahid has to pay RM5,000 in cost to Dr Mahathir.
Dr Mahathir’s lawyers Mior Nor Haidir and Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali said Judge Datuk Rozana Ali Yusof had ruled that the matter was not a stage for parties to argue on the merits of the case.
“Therefore, Ahmad Zahid as the plaintiff must prove before a full trial that Dr Mahathir’s remarks at a Feb 23 press conference were untrue.
“The court objected to Ahmad Zahid’s application for an interim injunction based on our defences of justification, fair comment and qualified privilege,” they said in a statement today.
In April, Ahmad Zahid sued Dr Mahathir for claiming that he had sought the latter’s help to get his corruption charges dropped.
Dr Mahathir made the claim during a Parti Pejuang Tanah Air ceremony regarding the Johor state election at Yayasan Perdana, Putrajaya, on Feb 23 and the video recording was available on several news portals.
On Feb 23, Dr Mahathir said Ahmad Zahid and several others met him at his house in 2018 to be “friendly” before the former became the PM for a second time.
Ahmad Zahid argued that Dr Mahathir’s remarks were untrue, unwarranted, unsubstantiated and mischievous, to mean that he was resorting to shortcuts to resolve his criminal cases for personal interests.
The case management for the main action is set for Aug 23, 2022.