Author, publisher to pay damages to Felda for libel
The president of the National Association of Children of Felda Settlers (Anak), Mazlan Aliman, and a publishing company have been ordered to pay immediately RM350,000 in damages to the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) for defaming the agency in a book.
The order was made by High Court judge Datuk Su Geok Yiam after dismissing the applications by Mazlan and Angkatan Edaran Enterprise Sdn. Bhd. to defer the payment.
Counsel Nadzratun Naim Hammad Azizi, representing Mazlan and the company, told reporters today the court had rejected the applications after ruling that they had no merit.
The court also ordered both defendants to pay RM5,000 in costs. Present during the proceeding was lawyer Nor Emelia Iszeham for Felda.
The court had on May 29, 2015, ordered Mazlan and the company, which published the book ‘FELDA… Dulu Tolong Sekarang Ah Long’, to pay general damages and aggravated damages of RM350,000 and RM150,000 in legal costs to Felda.
Felda filed the suit against the two on July 20, 2009, claiming that the title of the book carried a meaning that Felda was an Ah Long or illegal money lender charging very high interests.
Felda, in its statement of claim, said the book also indicated that Felda would be reaping huge profits from various development programmes to the extent of jeopardising settlers who purportedly lived in poverty due to the plaintiff’s wrongdoings and that they were like slaves because of its alleged oppressive policy.
The agency stated that the content of the book was malicious and aimed at damaging its reputation and hence its image, in the eyes of the public. — Bernama