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Jamal apologises to former minister Yeo, settles defamation suit (Updated)

02 Mar 2021 / 13:49 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Sungai Besar Umno division head Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos (pix) today apologised to former minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin to settle a defamation suit in relation to Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds.

Jamal, 50, read out his statement of apology at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex compound here.

Today and Thursday were scheduled for the hearing of the suit at the High Court here before Judge Datuk Rozana Ali Yusoff, but both parties agreed to settle it through a consent judgement.

“I now acknowledge that YB Yeo Bee Yin is an honest and transparent person in managing Skim Mesra Usia Emas money.

“I would like to apologise to YB Yeo Bee Yin for my mistake. I’m sorry, YB Yeo Bee Yin,“ he said.

The consent judgement cannot be binding and applied to the defendant by any other party having a similar suit against Jamal. It is also without order as to costs.

Yeo filed the suit on June 14, 2017 demanding damages of RM5 million from Jamal for his allegedly defamatory statement regarding the issue of misappropriation of Yawas funds.

The statement of claim by Yeo, who is also the Bakri Member of Parliament, claimed that Jamal had issued the statement on March 21, 2017 and that it was published by several newspapers, news portals and on the defendant’s Facebook.

Yeo claimed that the statement, among others, gave the impression that she had misused public funds and was unethical and untrustworthy.

When met outside the court, lawyer Datuk Sankara N. Nair, representing Yeo who did not attend the proceedings, said there is a general imputation in law that all persons are of good repute until otherwise proved, and reputation is therefore a valuable commodity to all.

He said the public apology by Jamal meant that the appalling episode which had cast a taint on his client’s untarnished reputation had now been removed.

“It is irrefutable that my client’s character and reputation are impeccable. She is fully vindicated,“ he said. — Bernama

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