KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife have settled a libel suit against Nga Kor Ming after the DAP MP voiced regret over his Facebook post of a photograph that implied that the couple had abused their power.
Yesterday, Nga’s lawyer Alex Tan Chie Sian read out a statement on behalf of his client, saying that the Taiping MP “had been made to understand that the picture was taken in China when the Prime Minister was making arrangements to return to Malaysia upon learning of the passing of the late Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah”.
Tan said Nga had “expressed his deepest regret that the picture had been misconstrued and taken out of context”.
Nga would withdraw the comments posted along with the picture and would not publish a similar content in future, he added.
Najib and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor sued Nga following the Facebook post made on March 29 last year.
They claimed that Nga had uploaded a photograph of them with several Cabinet ministers and Wisma Putra high-ranking officers at a hotel room in China and posted defamatory words.
High Court judge Justice Siti Khadijah S. Hassan Badjenid recorded the consent judgment between the parties in open court yesterday.
The couple’s lead counsel Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun read out a statement for his clients, saying: “In view of the sincerity expressed through the deepest regret, a willingness to withdraw the comments and an undertaking not to publish the same in the future, the plaintiffs hereby accept the defendant’s statement.”
Mohd Hafarizam said Nga would upload his court statement on the MP’s Facebook account and Facebook page within seven days from yesterday.
He said his clients had agreed that the consent judgment would be deemed to be a full and final settlement of the civil claim and that the matter would be resolved with no order as to costs.
Justice Siti Khadijah said all pending applications over the suit would be struck out.
Met by reporters later, Mohd Hafarizam said his clients wanted to protect their reputation and integrity but had not contemptuously attempted to put Nga in a repulsive situation.
“The laws of this country accord the freedom of expression. However, one must also bear in mind that the freedom is not absolute, as it comes with limitations and exercise of responsibility,” said Mohd Hafarizam.
In the lawsuit, Najib said the offending words had implied that he was not fit to rule as he had delegated his duties to his wife.
Nga, 43, was named as the sole defendant.
In their statement of claim dated June 11 last year, Rosmah said the words had implied that she had abused her power and had interest in the government administration.
Source : Libel suit against Nga settled