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MOHAMED APANDI ALI v. LIM KIT SIANG
High Court Malaya, Shah Alam
Azimah Omar J
[Civil Suit No: WA-23CY-37-07-2019]
23 May 2022
[2022] 5 MLRH 611

JUDGMENT

Azimah Omar J:

A. Introduction

[1] The present case before this Court is a claim for tortious defamation involving two prominent individuals wherein the plaintiff is claiming for inter alia RM10 million in general damages against the defendant for the publication of an article authored by the defendant which the plaintiff alleged was defamatory and had tarnished his reputation.

[2] The plaintiff is Mohamed Apandi Ali who once held one of the most important positions in the public service as the Attorney General of Malaysia ("the Malaysian AG/the AG"). The plaintiff's tenure as the Malaysian AG reigned from 2015 to 2018 which coincided with the reign of the ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak.

[3] At this juncture, it is pertinent to observe that art 145(2) of the Federal Constitution explicitly prescribed that the AG shall have the power, exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a Syariah Court, a native court or a court-martial. In addition, s 376(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code ("the Code") has vividly spelt out that the AG shall be the Public Prosecutor of Malaysia who shall have the control and direction of all criminal prosecutions and the proceedings instituted and governed under the Code.

CASE HIGHLIGHTS

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Federal Court, Putrajaya
2016] 5 MLRA 529
[Civil Appeal No: 02(i)-27-04-2015(W)]
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TAN POOI YEE v. KETUA PENGARAH JABATAN PENDAFTARAN NEGARA
High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
[2016] 5 MLRH 501
24NCVC-1306-08-2015
18 July 2016 [+]
ILANGOVAN KRISHNAN v. SHIYA SDN BHD
Industrial Court, Johor
[2016] 2 MELR 374
16/4-157/15
27 April 2016 [+]
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