KUALA LUMPUR: Aggravated and punitive damages should be awraded to Information Communication and Cultural Minister Dato Seri Dr. Rais Yatim as a defamatory article published by a blogger against him was very serious, the High Court here was told yesterday.
Counsel Dato Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, representing Rais, said the words in the article posted by blogger Amizudin Ahmat in his blog sharpshooterblogger.blogspot.com. on Dec 28 last year seriously defamed Rais.
"I don't think in Malaysia or in the world, has there been a serving cabinet minister defamed in such fashion," he said in his submission for assessment of damages. Few days ago, Rais won his defamation suit against the blogger after the court found him liable for defamation over the article against the minister.
Muhammad Shafee said Rais had been a politician of long standing in the cabinet spanning 37 years under five Prime Minister and also been Foreign Minister, and that following the article, he had been professional reputation nationally and internationally.
Muhammad Shafee stressed that the article was mala fide and made for political gain as Amizudin was from an opposition political party.
JomoSama juga setuju dgn permintaan tersebut agar ianya menjadi pengajaran pada mana-mana blogger agar lebih berdisiplin dan berhemah dalam meluahkan idea dan pandangan mereka dalam ruangan blog peribadi mereka. Kepada Amizudin... kalaulah Dato Seri minta berjuta-juta lemon, dimanalah hang nak cari mende tu... walaupun sehingga tujuh keturunan awak dan anak cucu awak bekerja sebagai hamba kepada beliau pun belum tentu akan selesai tu. Belum lagi cerita dlm kubur nanti...ishkk!! Tu lerr mulut tu tak pasang insurans langsung...