Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s application for an injunction order to prevent Muhyiddin Yassin from issuing statements on the allegation that the former deputy prime minister had sought his help to solve or postpone the trials of his criminal cases will be heard on Aug 8.
Zahid’s lawyer, Baharudeen Mohamed Ariff, when contacted said the hearing of the application, which was initially set for today, was rescheduled as Muhyiddin had filed an additional affidavit on July 6 and the court had ordered Zahid to file his affidavit in reply before or by July 22.
“The hearing of the application was set on Aug 8 before High Court judge Rozana Ali Yusoff through online proceedings," he said.
In the suit filed on April 4, the Bagan Datuk MP sought an ex-parte injunction for Muhyiddin or his representatives to withdraw the allegedly defamatory statements or similar statements against him.
He also sought an interim injunction for the defendant to delete, edit and stop the publication of the part of the video footage which contained the statement in online news portals and social media, including Perikatan Nasional’s Facebook page, Astro Awani’s YouTube channel and KiniTV.
According to the statement of claim, Zahid, 69, claimed that on Feb 16, on the 15th Johor state election campaign trail in Mersing, at the compound of the Learning Centre Sentuhan Kasih Felda Tenggaroh 3, Muhyiddin had made a defamatory statement with ill intention and malice against him.
On the same day, he said, video footage of the statement was published on Astro Awani’s YouTube channel, which is managed by Astro Awani.
Zahid claimed Muhyiddin’s statement implied that he had used a shortcut to settle and postpone his ongoing court cases, that he had asked for Muhyiddin’s help to intervene in the cases and the judicial system, to order the dissolution of the Johor state assembly. He said it also implied that he was not a respectable and exemplary leader.
Zahid claimed that the allegations were false and aimed at tarnishing his name and reputation.
He is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages, as well as an order for Muhyiddin to publish a public apology in newspapers, and other reliefs and costs deemed fit by the court.