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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

When it becomes libel and slander


Salleh Said Keruak



Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called Arul Kanda Kandasamy a liar. That is a very serious allegation and tantamount to libel and slander and is not something you accuse someone of unless you have proof. Ultimately, the onus is on the accuser to prove that the person you accuse of lying did indeed lie.

Arul also referred to Dr Mahathir statement -- “a full accounting of the facts by lawful authorities are needed so that there can be no misinterpretation or spin” and “if any wrongdoing is proven, the law should be enforced without exception” -- and said that he, too, supports this and aims to see this happen.

With that I hope Dr Mahathir can allow PAC and 1MDB to do its job without too much harassment and without pre-empting the outcome. Arul is a professional who has been engaged to do a job and it is unfair to target him for attacks that are purely politically motivated. 

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