Sues Chamil for RM100 million, Alhabshee for RM10 million. YB Teresa Kok Suh Sim is out to create records, it seems. After filing a RM30 million defamation suit against journalist Zaini Hassan and the newspaper Utusan Malaysia, Teresa is now coming after Chamil Wariya and the same newspaper for the cerpen (or short story) "Politik Baru YB J".
On her suing list is Umno Cheras chairman Syed Ali Alhabshee, who blogged about the setting up of a Tabung Azan as part of an initiative to help Utusan defend against Teresa's RM30 million suit.
Both letters of demand to Chamil and Syed Ali were sent out from S.N. Nair & Partners' office on 17 Oct.
In the suit against Chamil,who is CEO of the Malaysian Press Institute, Teresa's lawyers say the article "is deliberately designed to justify and/or encourage the causing of grave harm to our client, including assassination."
Against Syed Ali, Teresa's lawyers wrote that "The impugned words that you uttered and the allegations that you published in the said Article mean and were understood to mean that our client, inter alia:
1) is racist
2) is a religious and racist bigot
3) is untrustworthy and a politician bereft of integrity
4) is intolerant, unprincipled and low moral value
5) is chauvinistic, anti-Islam and anti-Malay and
6) has committed serious criminal offences under the Penal Code and other laws of Malaysia
"Politic Baru YB J" was published on 12 OCtober as a short fiction in the newspaper's Sastera or Literature pages and translated into English by Teresa's press secretary h e r e.
Syed Ali Alhabshee's Tabung Azan posting was posted on his blog h e r e.
I did a posting In Defence of Utusan on why Teresa - and politicians - should not be suing newspapers on October 13.