Musa's lawyer says portal's headline misleading
Published on: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman's lead counsel, Tengku Fuad Tengku Ahmad, has refuted a news portal report headlined "Musa Aman Drops Suit Against Shafie; Former CM Ordered to Pay Costs", saying it is grossly misleading and inaccurate.In a statement, Tuesday, Fuad said Musa's suit against Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal is proceeding and that the High Court has fixed September 3 to decide on Shafie's striking out application.

"The Borneo Today headline is totally misconceived and inaccurate. On June 6 this year, Musa had filed an Originating Summons against Tun Juhar and Shafie to declare, among others, that Musa is the rightful Sabah Chief Minister.

"On the same day, Musa instructed us to discontinue the earlier writ of summons which was filed against Tun Juhar and Shafie on May 17.

"To say that Musa has 'dropped the suit' against Shafie is plain wrong. Musa is continuing his suit against Tun Juhar and Shafie by way of the said originating summons," he said.

On the issue of costs, Fuad pointed out that "it is usual in High Court proceedings for a plaintiff who discontinues a writ to make an offer for costs. Musa had made an offer for costs of RM5,000 that was duly accepted and ordered by the court."

"Borneo Today appears to be trying to make something out of nothing. That is unfortunate," he said.

Fuad said news portals should check their facts before publishing misleading and inaccurate headlines since such conduct can not only expose the news portals to liability for libel but will cause the public to become confused in respect of important news items such as Musa's ongoing case.


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