In the beginning, he threatened to sue MalaysiaKini. And as the story progresses, now he demands public apology from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). I wonder how will be the ending.
(TheStar) KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has demanded a public apology and sought a substantial compensation from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and its two Sarawak leaders over the distribution of leaflets, which he claimed, were highly defamatory against him.
Taib, through legal firm Reddi & Co, made the demand in a letter dated April 20 to PKR, its state liaison committee chairman Wan Zainal Wan Sanusi and legal advisor See Chee How.
The legal firm said the leaflets which contained an article which was published in three languages and distributed to the public here were highly defamatory of Taib.
It said the charges contained in the leaflets amount to a very serious libel, and had caused him considerable distress and embarrassment.
“These allegations have lowered our client’s reputation in the estimation of the public and exposed him to hatred, contempt and ridicule. All the allegations made against our client are false and your attack against our client (Taib) is wholly unjustified,” the letter said.
The legal firm demands PKR, Zainal and See to:
·IMMEDIATELY cease and desist from publishing the leaflets, the articles, and/or the defamatory words or any similar words to that effect;
l IMMEDIATELY publish a full and unequivocal public retraction and apology in terms to be approved by Taib;
l PROVIDE Taib with a written undertaking that they will refrain from publishing the leaflets, the article, and/or the defamatory words or similar words to that effect within 48 hours;
l NOMINATE a sum of substantial compensation for the injury and damage to the established reputation and good name of Taib within 48 hours, and
·INDEMNIFY Taib of all costs incurred in this matter.
The legal firm said if PKR, Zainal and See (both lawyers) failed to give any satisfactory response to the demand, Taib had instructed it to proceed with legal action.
In a statement issued on Saturday, PKR said it and the leaders were ready to fight the legal battle.
Taib had earlier, through another legal firm, Shearn Delamore & Co, demanded Internet portal, Malaysiakini, to retract and make a public apology over eight articles published on its website between April 6 and 14, which he said were highly defamatory.
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