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High Court Rejects Dr. Mahathir’s Request for Documents in Defamation Suit Against Anwar

In a recent legal development, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s attempt to obtain documents as part of his defamation lawsuit against Anwar Ibrahim has been denied by the High Court. The former prime minister’s request aimed to compel Anwar to produce documents related to various matters, including the alleged bailout of Konsortium Perkapalan Bhd (KPB) by Petronas and Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC) in 1997, contracts awarded by Telekom Malaysia Bhd to Opcom Cables Sdn Bhd in 2003, and a fabrication license granted by Petronas to Kencana Petroleum Bhd in 2002.

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Additionally, Mahathir sought access to reports concerning Perwaja Steel Bhd’s funding request from the government in 1998, as well as documents regarding legal fees paid to law firms Lewis & Co and VK Lingam & Co. Lawyer Rafique Rashid Ali, representing Mahathir, revealed that the application was dismissed by Judicial Commissioner Zaharah Hussain due to the age of the events cited in Anwar’s defense statement, which were not recorded in any document.

The court has scheduled a case management hearing for November 3. Mahathir initiated the lawsuit against Anwar over statements made during a PKR congress on March 18, where Anwar referred to him as a racist and accused him of enriching his family while in office. Mahathir contends that these statements, made by Anwar in his capacity as prime minister, severely damaged his reputation as a statesman and former prime minister. He is seeking a retraction of the alleged defamatory statements, an unconditional apology, and a commitment from Anwar not to repeat such statements in the future, both in mainstream and social media.