Chong fails in bid to strike out Wan Junaidi’s defamation suit

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Dec 19: Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen’s application to strike out the defamation suit was dismissed by High Court at the cost of RM3,000.

High Court Judge Lim Hock Leng, in a video conference today, dismissed Chong’s application to strike out of the defamation suit filed by Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Judge Lim Hock Leng said that the only trial direction for filing the parties’ respective affidavits verifying lists of documents had been complied with, and the common bundles were to be filed on or before January 3, 2020, while witness statements were to be filed on or before February 7, 2020.

Wan Junaidi’s claims against the defendant were for damages of not less than RM1,000,000 for defamation; an injunction to restrain the defendant from further speaking or publishing the said words or any other similar words defamatory of the Plaintiff; solicitor-client costs and such further relief as the court deemed fit.

Wan Junaidi, through his legal representation, Wilfred Yap, had issued a letter of demand to Chong on April 3 to withdraw the said words and to publish an apology in the newspapers of different languages.

The demands included to “unequivocally withdraw all the said words constituting the libel and to publish an apology in one English language newspaper, one Chinese language newspaper and one Bahasa Malaysia language newspaper; provide an undertaking not to publish hereafter the said or any similar allegations and compensate YB Wan Junaidi for the serious injury to his reputation and feelings which he has suffered in consequence of your publication of the said words.”

Chong had been given until 5 pm on April 8, 2019, to respond to Wan Junaidi. —DayakDaily