Felda moved to financially punish lying politicians

There is something very telling about the legal suit by Felda today:

Felda sues ANAK president and 6 others for defamation

KUALA LUMPUR — The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) today filed a defamation suit against Felda Settlers’ Children Association (Anak) president Mazlan Aliman, PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali and five others over allegations that Felda sold its palm oil to Israel.

The writ of summons was filed through Mssrs Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak at the High Court Registrar’s Office here.

Felda named Mazlan and Mustafa as the first and second defendant, while Harakah editor-in-chief Ahmad Lutfi Othman, editor Taufek Yahya, writer Mohd Arif Atan and publisher Angkatan Edaran Ent Sdn Bhd, as well as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, as the third to seventh defendants.

According to the statement of claim, Felda claimed that Mazlan had uploaded a defamatory statement on his Facebook page on Nov 19 last year and had also made defamatory statement during a gathering in front of Felda office four days later (Nov 23).

Felda claimed that the statement was republished by the second to sixth defendants through several articles in Harakah newspaper between Nov 26 and 29 last year.

Felda also claimed that the statement had affected Felda’s reputation and that all defendants had done so with the intention to achieve their personal agendas to destroy people’s faith in Felda.

The plaintiff is seeking general and exemplary damages, cost as well as other relief deemed fit by the court.

Felda is also applying to the court for an injunction to stop Mazlan and his agents from talking about or publishing the defamatory statement in the Internet and print media.

The plaintiff is also demanding a written apology from Mazlan in local newspapers and magazines.

Meanwhile, Felda’s lawyer Wan Azmir Wan Majib told reporters that they would send the writ of summons to all defendants within this week. -BERNAMA-

This suit came about two weeks after Felda had sent them a notice of claim for the lies and misinformation they spread to public, as news on 13th December 2012 below had shown:

Felda serves notice of claim to Mazlan and opposition publications

KUALA LUMPUR – Felda has sent a notice of claim to Mazlan Aliman, Harakah and Suara Keadilan newspapers over Mazlan’s accusation that the conglomerate is selling its palm oil produce to Israel and the statement was reported in both publications.

The statement was also published on Mazlan’s Facebook account.

Mazlan, in his statement, accused Felda of selling its palm oil produce to Israel.

Felda in an official statement has denied the allegations made by Mazlan.

“These allegations are not true and are malicious in nature, in fact it has tarnished Felda’s image as an international conglomerate,” it said.

Due to this, Felda has decided to take action against Mazlan and the two newspapers via Messrs Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak.

The notice of claim has been sent by Felda’s lawyers to Mazlan, Suara Keadilan and Harakah on Dec 10 and 11.

The same legal notice has been given to Harakah, naming its writer, news editor and chief news editor, publisher and printer as defendants involved in the libellous article on Felda.

Meanwhile, Parti Keadilan Rakyat which is responsible for publishing the Suara Keadilan newspaper has also been served with a notice.

Felda has given the defendants 14 days to apologise and retract the statement that has been made and published.

The defendants are also expected to offer to compensate Felda for the damages they have caused, failing which, Felda’s lawyers will proceed with the legal suit after the 14 days.

Obviously, Mazlan Aliman and his ilk in Pakatan Rakyat did not have the proof to back their allegations hence the lawyers in Felda moved to sue them. Otherwise, the matter would have not been pursued by Felda at all. The question now is, will Pakatan politicians who are prone to lying, will learn their lesson and stick to facts when conveying their political agenda?

I doubt it.

After recent political events had really, really exposed Pakatan Rakyat’s politicians to be corrupt and dirty, we could only extrapolate that if they gain powers as Federal government, the magnitude of corruption they immerse themselves in would be bigger than we could imagine.

Let’s see what happens next.

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