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Najib, Umno threaten to sue Malaysiakini over allegedly defamatory articles

Published on May 16, 2014 5:03 PM
 
Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak have served three letters of demand on online news portal Malaysiakini, editor-in-chief Steven Gan and chief editor Fathi Aris Omar over two allegedly defamatory articles published on Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: EPA

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak have served three letters of demand on online news portal Malaysiakini, editor-in-chief Steven Gan and chief editor Fathi Aris Omar over two allegedly defamatory articles published on Wednesday.

The letters of demand, served at about 4pm on Wednesday, referred to two articles, A case of the PM reaping what he sows and How much will Najib spend to keep Terengganu?, which allegedly contained defamatory comments.

"Our clients had also instructed that the said defamatory articles could be construed in its natural and ordinary meaning; that our clients are not competent to function as the leaders of Malaysia, have zero integrity and are unethical, are racist, have no moral values, and had abused their powers as a political leader and party," said Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun, counsel for Mr Najib and Umno.

Mr Hafarizam, in the letter of demand, added that Malaysiakini, in publishing the reader comments, spread hatred, contempt and ridicule for Mr Najib and Umno and ruined their credibility.

 
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