High Court postponed the hearing of the defamation suit by Shahrizat Abdul Jalil

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KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court has postponed to Oct 8 the hearing of the defamation suit by former women, family and community development minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil against two PKR leaders.

The case, which was supposed to continue with the cross-examination of Shahrizat this morning, was adjourned following the request by the Wanita Umno chief’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Shahrizat is suing PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli and PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin for RM100 million over comments that allegedly implicated her in the National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) debacle.

On Jan 19, Shahrizat filed the defamation suit, claiming that both made defamatory statements during a series of press conferences involving the NFC. She had also sought an injunction to prevent the two defendants from making the same statements, either written or verbal, on the matter.

The case is being heard by Judicial Commissioner Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera.

Previously, Shahrizat, 59, insisted that she had nothing to do with the cattle project.

“The NFC is owned by my husband and my children and has nothing to do with me or my position or my duties as a minister nor does it have anything to do with the fact that I am Wanita Umno chief,” she had said during the first day of the trial.

Shahrizat had also told the court that her family led independent lives and it was not until 2007 that she became certain that her husband and second son was involved in the project.

The defendants’ lawyer, Ranjit Singh, had grilled her on her lack of knowledge that her son Wan Shahinur Izran, who lived with her, was one of NFCorp’s directors since 2006.

Shahrizat had also told the court thatshe felt the statements made by Rafizi and Zuraida were “not only offensive and defamatory, but outright insulting.”
Rafizi’s defence in this case was that his statements constituted fair comment on a matter of public interest and that he would rely on a qualified privilege.

Rafizi filed a counter-claim on March 8 against Shahrizat over her alleged defamatory remarks that implied he was a traitor. -FMT