On 19 August 2008, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin had been quoted by Kwong Wah Jit Poh newspaper as saying that Anwar had in 1998 tried to take advantage of his wife even though they were best of friends then.
He told the newspaper that Anwar had “kacau” his wife.
In view of this, Anwar has demanded an apology from Hamzah within forty-eight (48) hours or face a RM10 million lawsuit.
It has been reported that Hamzah declined and instead challenged Anwar to proceed with his libel suit.
Hamzah Zainuddin Sued By Anwar Ibrahim
RE: LIBELOUS ARTICLE
We act for Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim.
On or about 19 August 2008, you uttered and caused to be published in the Kwong Wah Jit Poh chinese newspaper, an article captioned “Anwar Harrassed My Wife” (‘the article’) which referred to our client. Inter alia, the article contained the following defamatory words about our client:
“Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin revealed that Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim harassed (kacau) his wife in 1998. Anwar wanted to take advantage of his friend’s wife even though they were still best friends. Therefore, he thinks that the voters should not vote for Pakatan Rakyat under the helm of such person.” (translated by qualified translator) (hereinafter known as “the impugned words”)
Our client has also instructed us to demand damages from you for the injury caused to his reputation in the sum of RM10,000,000-00 (Ringgit Malaysia Ten Million).
Our client has also requested us to demand payment of all legal costs that has been incurred with regard to this matter.
This letter is written in accordance with the pre-action protocol prior to the institution of a libel action. We look forward to hearing from you without delay. If we do not receive a satisfactory reply within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of this letter, our instructions are to institute legal proceedings. In the meantime, our client reserves all his rights in this matter.
Kindly acknowledge receipt accordingly.
S N NAIR & PARTNERS
Six Umno MPs in the peninsula have left the party following the departure of a number of Sabah Umno’s elected representatives and division heads.
They are Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (Larut), Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (Tanah Merah), Datuk Mohamad Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (Sabak Bernam).
The other three are Datuk Rosol Wahid (Hulu Terengganu) Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad (Mersing) and Tasik Gelugor MP Datuk Shahbudin Yahya.
A letter signed by the six to inform the party of their departure was sent to Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin 36 BN lawmakers pledged loyalty to Dr Mahathir
Hamzah Zainuddin, MP for the Larut constituency in Perak who left UMNO on Friday, has been reported as saying that 36 Barisan Nasional MPs have signed a pledge of allegiance to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to ensure he is not dethroned by others
The Larut MP, who is the most senior among the six MPs who left UMNO on 14 December and has served as a Cabinet Minister under the previous BN administration, claimed that they have been hearing suggestions with regards to Parliament being used to dethrone Tun Dr Mahathir from his post as the 7th Prime Minister.
News about Hamzah and five other UMNO MPs leaving the party came to light after a letter signed by the six of them surfaced online, stating their desire to leave UMNO.
Hamzah said that their decision to leave the party had to do with UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s leadership issue and that he should step down.
“This also has to do with the court case that Zahid is facing, which has caused members and the people, especially Malays, to lose faith in his ability to lead UMNO to face the next general election,” Hamzah was reported as saying on behalf of the group.
The resignations of these MPs follow the mass exodus in Sabah UMNO, where nine assemblymen and four MPs from the party announced their decision to leave on 12 December, together with 21 division chiefs and two senators in the state.
According to Hamzah, of the 36 BN MPs who now support Tun Dr Mahathir, 33 are from UMNO, two from MIC and one from Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah who signed letters of support for the PM
“This group sincerely want to ensure that the government is stable and ensure that no one uses Parliament to dethrone the PM because we are hearing suggestions.
“If the political situation is not stable, it would cause problems to the people.
“That is why we want stability and we support the PM to lead. This is all in the nation and the people’s interest,” Malaysiakini reported the former Cabinet Minister as saying.
Source : Malaysia Today