KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom today filed a defamation suit against National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW) director Akmal Nasir over
allegations of misappropriation of funds in the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) to finance his trip abroad.
Jamil Khir filed the writ of summons through Messrs Adnan Sharida & Associates at the Civil High Court registry here.
Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah representing Jamil Khir when met by reporters said the defamation suit was filed to clear his client’s name and to prevent a culture of impunity.
“All of the defendant’s statements are not true. The plaintiff is not afraid over the allegations of defamation.
The (defamation) suits are encouraged because such defamation has become a culture of impunity. We need to stop this culture as people tend to just say whatever they want without thinking and only meant to bring down others,” he said.
Jamil Khir who was also present at the court said he filed the suit to seek justice.
Meanwhile, in his statement of claim, Jamil Khir claimed that Akmal or his real name Nasrullah Mohd Akmal Mohd Nasir (the defendant), who is also Johor PKR publicity chief, had defamed him when giving statements to the media and on the
NOW website on Nov 13. Akmal had said that Jamil Khir had used Yapeim money to fund the minister’s
trip abroad, golfing and shopping involving a cost of between RM410,978 and RM590,000.
“The plaintiff (Jamil Khir) on Nov 14 vehemently denied the statements and demanded an apology from the defendant and asking Akmal to retract the statement within 24 hours.
“However, until today, the defendant refused and failed to tender an apology. Instead the defendant once again made a statement on Nov 14,” according to the statement of claim.
Jamil Khir claimed that Akmal had made the defamatory statements which had portrayed him as a dishonest, corrupt politician who had misused the funds meant for orphans and had abused power.
On Monday, Jamil’s lawyer had sent a letter of demand to the defendant asking for an apology, statement retraction and compensation of RM10 million to the plaintiff but Akmal refused to do so.
Following that, Jamil Khir sought injunction to prevent the defendant from making any form of slanderous statements, general and aggravated damages, an apology in the manner and form approved by him personally.