Malaysia

Anwar allowed to amend claim in case against Chandra Muzaffar

January 14, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — The High Court here has allowed opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s application to amend his statement of claim in the RM10 million defamation suit he filed against Just World Movement president, Dr Chandra Muzaffar.   

High Court judge Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad made the decision in chambers today, after meeting Anwar’s lawyers S. Surendran and Latheefa Koya and Datuk Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin who represented Chandra. 

Met outside the court, Surendran said the court also ordered his client to pay RM1,000 in costs and fixed the hearing for two days starting April 3.  

On April 19, both parties did not agree to the court’s suggestion to settle the case out of court through mediation. 

In his writ of summons and statement of claim filed on March 6, 2008, Anwar (picture) alleged that Chandra had uttered defamatory comments against him at a forum organised by Star Publication Bhd, at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya, on March 3 2008. 

Anwar claimed the comments were published in The Star daily article titled ‘Disaster If Anwar Is PM’ on March 5 2008.  

Chandra denied the comments were false, defamatory or ill intentioned and said it was published with qualified privilege. — Bernama