Stock market scandal: MACC chief Azam Baki sues whistleblower for defamation | Malaysia

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki speaks to the media during a special press conference at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on January 5, 2022. – Image by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, January 12 – Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki has filed a libel suit against whistleblower Lalitha Kunaratnam for her articles published in the Independent press service (INS) news portal, last year.

According to a statement released by Azam’s lawyer, Megat Abdul Munir, the lawsuit was filed today in the Kuala Lumpur High Court through the law firm MM. Zain Megat & Murad.

Megat said the lawsuit relates to articles that were published and republished by the defendant (Lalitha) in the INS on October 26 and December 15 of last year.

“Instead of responding to our client’s formal notice issued on January 6, she, through her lawyer, issued a press release posted on her Twitter account, in which she affirmed to stick to its publication and republication, the contents of which our client vigorously maintains, are defamatory.

“Our client is therefore forced to bring this action before the expiry of a period of 14 days from the date of the formal notice to protect his reputation, reputation and professional quality.

“In doing so, our client was only asserting his rights, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and applicable laws, to seek necessary and appropriate relief from the court and our client strongly believes that this will also provide the defendant with a similar right and opportunity. justify its claims in court and not simply engage in a trial in front of the media,” the lawyer said.

Megat said his client would make no further statement on the matter and leave it to the court to hear and decide accordingly.

“Finally, our client wishes to make clear his unwavering commitment that MACC will always protect all whistleblowers who fall under the Whistleblower Protection Act,” he added. — Bernama

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