Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has filed a defamation suit against DAP lawmaker Tony Pua over the latter's statement and Facebook video clip on the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).
It was reported that the suit was filed in Kuala Lumpur.
On April 11, Malaysiakini reported that Najib demanded an apology from Pua and the video, which was deemed defamatory, to be retracted.
In a letter of demand that was served on Pua, Najib's lawyer Mohd Hafarizam Harun said the video clip in question had implied that his client had committed theft and abused his power.
"Contrary to your defamatory statements above, our client is not a tyrannical and oppressive kleptocrat nor does he shun criticisms, neither he is a leader involved in corrupt practices nor a leader who steals the people's monies.
"Accordingly, your entirely baseless and false allegations are intended to disparage our client's high political standing, immense goodwill both local and international and unblemished record of performance.
"In doing so, you were acting with malice prepense," said Hafarizam.
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