KUCHING: DAP Batu Kitang chairperson, Abdul Aziz Isa, said he would apply to set aside an RM8 million default judgement handed by Kuala Lumpur High Court in a defamation suit filed by a political analyst.
The High Court has ruled that Abdul Aziz, a special assistant to Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chief Chong Chieng Jen, pay damages to Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) professor Kamarul Zaman Yusoff.
Abdul Aziz, however, claimed that he never received the write of summons and statement of claims (SoC) issued by Azril & Associates on behalf of Kamarul Zaman Yusoff.
Kamarul in a Facebook post said the Kuala Lumpur High Court, which ruled in his favour, has also ordered Abdul Aziz to pay RM10,000 in legal costs, and interest of four percent a year on the judgement sum until the damages were fully paid.
“I only knew about the judgment through social media when Kamarul posted the news on his Facebook page stating that such a judgment had been entered against him by a High Court on Nov 6.
“The news caught me by surprise,” Abdul Aziz said in a statement published in several news portals. I’ve consulted my lawyers to make an application to set aside the judgement.”
Kamarul accused Abdul Aziz of defaming him through social media posts and opinion pieces that questioned Kamarul’s academic credentials and implied that he was afraid of Christians.
The university lecturer had also filed similar suits against Chong, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang, Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng and Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh.