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SEEMA ELIZABETH ISOY v. TAN SRI DAVID CHIU TAT-CHEONG
Federal Court, Putrajaya
Hasnah Mohammed Hashim, Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal, Nordin Hassan FCJJ
[Civil Appeal No: 02(f)-54-09-2023(W)]
5 June 2024
[2024] 5 MLRA 68

JUDGMENT

Nordin Hassan FCJ:

Introduction

[1] This is another defamation suit brought by an aggrieved party for this Court's determination. Tan Sri David Chiu Tat-Cheong, the respondent before this Court, was the plaintiff at the High Court and Seema Elizabeth Isoy, the appellant, was the defendant. After a full trial before the High Court, the plaintiff's claim was dismissed. However, the plaintiff succeeded in his appeal at the Court of Appeal where the decision of the High Court was set aside and the plaintiff's claim was allowed. The plaintiff was awarded damages of RM100,000.00. Hence, the present appeal.

[2] The appeal before us, essentially, centers on the effect of a half-truth statement in defamation law in Malaysia, particularly whether a half-truth statement constitutes a false statement. On 28 August 2023, upon the appellant's application for leave to appeal, this Court granted the following questions:

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