DEFAMATION



Defamation





Libel

Ling Wah Press (M) Sdn Bhd & Ors v Tan Sri Dato Vincent Tan Chee Yioun [2000] 4 MLJ 77

In this case, the plaintiff, Tan Sri Dato Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, sued the defendants, Ling Wah Press (M) Sdn Bhd and its editor, for libel. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants had published a defamatory article in the newspaper, which accused him of being involved in a corrupt land deal.

The defendants argued that the article was not defamatory because it was based on a true story. However, the court found that the article was defamatory because it contained false and malicious statements about the plaintiff. The court awarded the plaintiff damages of RM100,000.

Slander

Mohamed Azwan bin Haji Ali v Sistem Televisyen (M) Bhd & Ors [2000] 4 MLJ 120

In this case, the plaintiff, Mohamed Azwan bin Haji Ali, sued the defendants, Sistem Televisyen (M) Bhd and its news anchor, for slander. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants had made defamatory remarks about him during a news broadcast.

The defendants argued that the remarks were not defamatory because they were made in jest and were not intended to be taken seriously. However, the court found that the remarks were defamatory because they were capable of lowering the plaintiff in the estimation of right-thinking members of society. The court awarded the plaintiff damages of RM50,000.