Marina Mahathir’s lawyers sent Isma her first letter of demand on 19 Nov 2013. The high-powered team (pix below) sent her second letter of demand on 27 Nov 2013 and the third one on 12 Dec 2013.
As well as demanding an apology, she had sought an injunction to prevent Isma from republishing what they had said about her.
Isma ignored all the three lawyer letters and refused to retract their statement about Marina made in their flyer.
See you in court, Isma told her. Lots of people had then stood up to clap and cheer for Isma-Who? I was one of them.
Isma became the voice for rakyat marhaen
Marina had, in fact, immediately threatened to take legal action too against any other blog or website that might dare to think of reproducing the Isma material. She wields the threat of litigation (which she can easily afford but most bloggers cannot) like a baton.
Marina has also been quick off the mark to threaten lawsuits in other instances – see below.
Isma’s spunky defiance – finally (!) someone gave the First Family bratling her overdue comeuppance – catapulted the hitherto little known Muslim NGO into the national limelight.
Two differing versions on the case outcome
After one-and-a-half years, the Marina vs Isma case has been settled.
The Malaysian Insider yesterday reported that Marina received “an open apology in court” from Isma for “defaming” her. The TMI headline says unequivocally that “Isma apologises to Marina” – see story linked by prolific twit Art Harun, below.
‘Suit settled, Isma conveys regret to tearful Marina‘ is the Malaysiakini headline while the windy ‘Marina Mahathir, Isma settle defamation suit out of court with expression of regret’ is the Malay Mail‘s.
Ismaweb however carried a contrasting headline – ‘Kes saman fitnah Marina selesai, tiada permohonan maaf direkod‘ (17 Aug 2015).
The NGO’s own website further reported, “Perintah Persetujuan tidak memperuntukkan apa-apa peruntukan bagi pembayaran sebarang ganti rugi dan kos kepada Marina”.
Isma is not required to pay any compensation nor costs to Marina, it seems.
Hence two differing perceptions on the same episode are conveyed between reporting by the pro-oppo media as compared to the report from Isma itself.
‘They’ control the English-language media
The oppo propaganda machine is, needless to say, going on turbo drive.
I hope Isma will be able get their side of the story out in order to check and balance the overwhelming dominance by anti-establishment narratives in the sphere of information.
Many ordinary Malaysians are counting on Isma to stand up to the bullying and lying pro-opposition portals. The worst of the lot is TMI.
BELOW: Senang jer TMI tabur fitnah, lepas tu minta maaf satu perenggan
Najib will fall if he refrains from war footing
Even the Prime Minister’s Office had complained about the determinedly and deliberately distorted news coverage by TMI but to no avail – see PMO tweet below.
The PM has declared war, konon, on the Red Bean Army. He’s one to talk but remains stymied on what effective course of action to pursue. This is understandably so because the BN is fighting Dapsters and their handlers (the evangelistas) who are dajjal.
The RBA and their social media feed on the pro-oppo media (online and mainstream, including The J-Star) and vice versa. Thus tackling RBA must be carried out in tandem with enough political will to defang the venomous English-language media.
Should Najib Razak still fail to act swiftly and decisively against these subversive spinmeisters, chances are all the greater that he will soon be toppled.
And they – the Malay Mail’s, TMI’s and Malaysiakini‘s – would have been a major factor contributing to the fall of his administration and eviction of Umno-BN from Putrajaya which must surely follow on its heels.
BELOW: TMI apologized to the PAS president after getting caught for publishing a doctored photo calling “Undur Hadi”
Sampai Majlis Raja-Raja buat laporan polis tapi belum lagi ada tindakan
TMI editors and owners were recently detained by the authorities after the Council of Rulers made a police report. The publication is liable for sedition over its false/faked report about the content of rulers’ meeting of which their Majesties had refuted.
It has a despicable track record of putar-belit, bohong dan fitnah – see the long list of their infractions compiled @ ‘When is TMI going to be charged for sedition and shut down?‘
The English-language media in Malaysia is controlled by the What Kind of People, and below are some items of What They Do to You – heinous acts which should fill any conscionable reader with revulsion but is instead taken as gospel truth by the rabid Jerusubang mob.
The Malay Mail’s spin on “mutual apology”
There was no “mutual” apology as such.
The pro-Christian publication was being deceitful when they put Khalid Ibrahim’s maaf zahir dan batin bulan Syawal on par with Saifuddin Nasution’s apology – made in court after the (then) PKR sec-gen was sued – tendered to the former Selangor MB for libeling the latter.
For more details, read ‘Is the Prime Minister’s Office making another serious mistake?‘
Oppo media run in wolf pack and attack in concert
The spindoctoring by the opposition is effectively poisonous because they dish it out in big doses. The pro-oppo media create a multiplier effect by repeating ad nauseum the same lie that is convenient or expedient to their side.
e.g. Malaysiakini similarly tapped danced around the “mutual apology” spin as did The Malay Mail over the Khalid defamation suit story – read Lim Sian See’s Facebook write-up below
The pro-establishment media, on the other hand, is about as tidak apa as Umno and lacking cohesiveness with each other.
Malignant malice of Malaysiakini
And here’s another sneaky hand grenade thrown by Malaysiakini.
‘Malaysiakini corrects mistake spotted by blogger‘ (The Mole, 14 Aug 2015)
The portal had originally headlined their story, ‘Zeti: I may be arrested for speaking about an individual‘. The article title has since been amended to read, ‘I can be held for talking on individual accounts’.
Malaysiakini (mis)quoted Zeti as saying, “Otherwise, the moment I step out of this door, I will face arrest for talking about an individual right now” when what she actually said was, “Otherwise, the moment that I step out of this door, I will face arrest for talking about an individual ACCOUNT.”
The problem is ‘them’ – there’s something inherently very wrong with the DAP-PKR supporters. That’s why Malaysia is in trouble. It’s because of their behaviour.
Najib and BN must realise and face up to the reality that …
It’s a deep-seated People Problem that we’re confronted with.