Former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali is seeking RM10 million in general damages from Lim Kit Siang over the latter's remarks concerning his role in the 1MDB scandal.
In his statement of claim, Apandi said the DAP veteran's remarks, published in Malaysiakini on May 6, gave the impression that the former attorney-general “aided and abetted” the scandal.
Apart from this, Apandi said Lim's remarks also implied that he was:
In referring to Lim's statement, which was published as an 'MP Speaks' in Malaysiakini under the title “Dangerous fallacy to think Malaysia's on the road to recovery”, Apandi also described the news portal as influential with a huge following.
In the statement of claim, filed by Saibullah MV Nathan & Co, the plaintiff pleaded that the defendant's remarks were “false, lies and serious libel against the plaintiff.”
Apandi also pleaded that the writing and/or publishing of the defendant's libellous remarks are:
Apandi argued that following the publication of Lim's remarks, many or all Malaysians were now aware of the article and that it had been shared by many through social media platforms and WhatsApp.
The plaintiff pleaded that Lim is the person responsible for writing and/or publishing the libellous remarks in the article.
Letter of demand sent on June 13
According to the law firm, a letter of demand was sent to Lim on June 13 to correct the libel, to retract his remarks, as well as to make a public apology, which was to be published in all major news organisations for a minimum of three days.
However, the firm said up until the writ of summons was filed this month, Lim had failed, refused and/or neglected to take any action or effort to fulfil the plaintiff's demands.
“The plaintiff pleads that as a result of the article, the plaintiff suffered enormous grief and utmost embarrassment among his family, acquaintances, professionals in the legal field and Malaysians in general...
“The plaintiff pleads that since the defendant has failed, refused and/or neglected all of the plaintiff's abovementioned demands, there is a serious risk that the defendant would continue to write and publish the libel unless he is stopped,” it added.
Apart from the RM10 million in general damages, Apandi is also seeking: