KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin (pic), a member of the group of eminent Malays known as G25, is suing a businessman for defamation, allegedly for implying that she is treacherous and had insulted the religion of Islam.
Noor Farida, 69, said that Azmi Arshad on July 13 last year published a defamatory article on his Facebook account and the Portal Islam & Melayu website.
High Court Judge Yeoh Wee Siam advised the parties to go for mediation to resolve the matter.
Speaking to reporters here after the parties met the judge in chambers, Azmi's lawyer Azad Bashir said that the court has set May 13 for case management pending the plaintiff filing reply to their amended statement of defence.
"We filed and served the defence on April 19," added Azad.
In her suit, Noor Farida said the words implied that she had acted against the interest of the country and was not fit to be a Malaysian, adding that the allegations against her are wholly unjustified. She said her personal and business reputation had been gravely damaged and she had undergone considerable distress, hurt and embarrassment.
Noor Farida is seeking for general damages for libel, an apology and an injunction on Azmi from further publishing similar defamatory words against her.
In the amended statement of defence dated April 18, Azmi denied defaming her and contended that the facts were true and justified.
Azmi said the words in the article and the Facebook posting was a fair comment on a matter involving public interest.