Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said today that he will not be withdrawing his defamation suit against Gerakan Muslimah Malaysia chairperson Wan Asshima Kamaruddin over the latter’s accusation that he and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa had organised the largest gay festival in Kuala Lumpur.
Khalid said Wan Asshima did not issue any apology over the statement, and only apologised for tarnishing his name.
"I do not see it as a sincere apology, she shows no remorse for going overboard and without the facts. She is the one who is emotional, but is accusing that I am emotional. I am just exercising my rights when people defame me.
"The Pakatan Harapan government respects freedom of expression, but those who want to speak out must act responsibly.
"If one issues statements to provoke others, the person must be prepared to face the consequences,” he told a media conference after attending the Jalur Gemilang handing over ceremony in conjunction with National Day at the Dang Wangi police station.
Wan Asshima had allegedly made the accusation in a video clip uploaded on her Facebook, but later took it down,
Following that, Zulhazmi Shariff and Hisham Fauzi – the special functions officers of Khalid and Mujahid respectively – lodged police reports at the Dang Wangi police station to call the police to investigate the NGO leader under Section 505 of the Penal Code, pertaining to statements conducing to public mischief.