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'Communist' defamation suit: Azwanddin settles with Chin Tong, to pay RM40k

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Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah and Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong today reached a settlement over a defamation suit at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.

The duo entered a consent judgment before High Court judge Azimah Omar.

Azwanddin issued an apology to Liew for accusing the senator of wearing a "communist uniform" when the khaki-coloured bush jacket worn by the latter was actually the Defence Ministry's official corporate uniform.

According to the consent judgment, Azwanddin promised not to issue further defamatory statements against Liew and will also pay the deputy minister RM40,000 within 90 days.

Azwanddin will also need to publish an apology within 14 days on various news portals including Malaysiakini, Free Malaysia Today, The Star Online, Utusan Online as well as JMM's and his own Facebook pages.

Liew was represented by Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh, who is also a lawyer, while Azwanddin was represented by Sarah Abishegam.

The deputy minister had filed the suit against the JMM president in December last year after the latter initially refused to apologise over the accusation which he had made in October that year.

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