It's A Satirical Work
Ummi sues PAS for libel
By Chelsea L.Y. Ng
KUALA LUMPUR: Businesswoman Ummi Hafilda Ali filed a RM60mil libel suit against PAS and four others at the High Court yesterday over a full-page article published in the party's newsletter Harakah.
The writ of summons and statement of claim were filed at the Wisma Denmark registry at 11.30am. Neither Ummi Hafilda, who became famous during the trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, nor her solicitor Muhammad Shafee Abdullah were present.
A clerk from the law firm, Azmi Jamal, came to register the suit. He claimed that Muhammad Shafee was engaged in a court case in Shah Alam.
Also named as defendants in the suit are Harakah's permit holder Halim Arshat, its editor-in-chief Mustapha Ali, printer Syarikat Prema and author of the article Sabri Zain.
In the suit, Ummi Hafilda claimed that the March 29 article headlined "Malaysia Sweeps 10 Oscars" had been falsely and maliciously printed and/or published.
The article carries with it various sub-headings as follows:
BEST Original Screenplay: Pulp Dalil, which refers to a small-time hoodlum, Caled Jaffrey, and a small-time hooker Ummi Thurman Ali who is obsessed with Deputy Prime Ministers.
BEST Directing: Green Card, which also refers to a character played by Ummi Thurman Ali.
BEST Actress: Fatal Attraction, where Ummi Thurman Ali played the role of a mentally unbalanced woman and where a Sng Chihuahua was awarded the Oscar for Best Sound Recording. Ummi Hafilda claimed that the movie "Pulp Dalil" bore a very strong and close resemblance to the title of the book 50 Dalil and the author Khalid Jaffrey bore a very strong resemblance to "Caled Jaffrey".
She said the name "Ummi Thurman Ali" bore a very strong and close resemblance to her name.
She said she had become an extremely well-known figure due to the prominent media publicity involving her over the past few months both in the local and the international media.
Ummi Hafilda said the words in the article were understood to mean that she:
By way of innuendo, she said, the words meant and were understood to mean that she was guided by her lust, was selfish, cruel and inhumane and had fabricated her evidence in the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim because of the unrequited infatuation over him.
The publication of the article, she said, had seriously injured her character, credibility and reputation and the way of her business.
She claimed she was subjected to severe humiliation and embarrassment as a result of the publication which carried imputations of the gravest kind as to her chastity and/or moral conduct.
Apart from the RM60mil claim for general damages, Ummi Hafilda is seeking aggravated damages, interest, costs and an injunction to restrain the defendants from further publishing the article or any similar article.
Note: For the article in question, click here
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