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Friday, 21 April 2017 | MYT 4:48 PM

Najib to sue Tony Pua over Facebook Live video

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is suing Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua for posting a defamatory live video against him on Facebook relating to the PAS Private Member's Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act.

Najib said Pua had on April 6 made a statement at the Parliament lobby area and recorded it, containing slanderous words on his position as the Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

The 2-minute, 21-second video, he said, was uploaded on Pua's Facebook, which was accessible to Internet users worldwide.

His lead counsel Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun confirmed to The Star that the civil claim was filed at the High Court registry on Friday.

In his statement of claim, Najib said that Pua had malicious intent to slander him although he knew that the publication would affect his reputation.

The premier said the words implied that he had abused his power to give directives through the Cabinet to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker to give way for the tabling of the Bill by the Marang MP to amend the Act known as RUU355 and set aside other Bills.

Najib said the words meant that he is a leader who practised dirty politics to ensure he stays in power.

Besides that, Najib said that those words had portrayed him as having conspired with PAS to create split Malay votes among the opposition parties.

Apart from that, he said, the words implied that he continuously cheats the people in a scandal involving 1MDB.

In his court papers, Najib said the words also meant that he had robbed the people's money and was untrustworthy and not fit to hold his position.

He said the words implied that he misused his power for self gain.

In elaborating, Najib said the words had caused him to be brought to public scandal, odium and contempt in the country and abroad.

His solicitor, he said, had sent a notice of demand dated April 11 to Pua seeking an apology, a retraction of the slanderous statement, an undertaking not to publish those words and payment of damages; but the DAP politician failed to respond to his request within seven days.

The Pekan MP is seeking general, additional and exemplary damages for slander and libel.

On top of that, Najib is also applying for an injunction to stop Pua from publishing the slanderous words against him.

Najib wants Pua to publish a written apology in at least two mainstream newspapers and magazines to be identified by him later.

Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional chairman and Umno president, said he is suing in his personal capacity.

In his lawsuit, Najib is also asking Pua to immediately remove the live video from Facebook, and pay costs and further relief as deemed fit by the court.