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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Justice prevails! Court rules blog posting not defamatory

As published in Malay Mail today. 

Court rules blog posting not defamatory

THE High Court has struck out a defamation suit filed by a lawyer against a journalist on grounds the case was an abuse of the judicial process.

The ruling was made by judge Datuk Yeoh Wee Siam in chambers yesterday.

The suit was filed by Datuk Mohamad Bustaman Abdullah against Malay Mail executive editor Haresh Deol on August 15, 2012, over an article posted on the latter’s blog Foul! (

Haresh had in the posting “Judge Walks Out” on June 27, 2012, republished a Malay Mail article “Judge walks out as question turns personal”, a hyperlink to an article “Ethics vital for lawyers” published in The Star Online on June 27 and a YouTube video clip titled “Hooligan lawyer assaults client”.

Mohamad Bustaman, had claimed the Malay Mail article, which was a court hearing between National Sports Council (NSC) and Mesuma Sports Sdn Bhd, was defamatory to him.

He had acted for the NSC in the matter involving a trademark dispute over the tiger stripe design on the national jersey.

Mohamad Bustaman claimed The Star Online article, by way of juxtaposition, bore the meaning he was an unethical lawyer and the video, by way of juxtaposition, bore the meaning the plaintiff was a hooligan lawyer.

He had on June 2012 sued Malay Mail and its former journalist, T.K. Letchumy Tamboo, for defamation over the article. He had claimed the article was defamatory, not true and had affected his reputation as a solicitor.

Yeoh, who presided over the case against Malay Mail, had on November 2013 dismissed the suit saying the defendants were not liable for defamation.

Mohamad Bustaman appealed against Yeoh’s decision but the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s decision.

Haresh’s lawyer, Datuk Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos, said Yeoh had struck out the suit in chambers and also ordered Mohamad Bustaman to pay RM5,000 in costs.

Jababerdeen said: “The judge said the plaintiff should have withdrawn the matter against the defendant immediately after the Court of Appeal’s decision as the suit by the plaintiff is a relitigation of issues of an earlier suit and was an abuse of the court process.

“The judge also said the hyperlink to the article in The Star Online and YouTube posting in the blog did not refer to the plaintiff.”

Mohamad Bustaman was represented by B. Mahendra Kumar.

HD says: I rest my case.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dinesh - the football star in the making

Haresh Says, as published in Malay Mail today.

THE walls at Block E of the Danau Kota flats in Setapak were decorated with graffiti as residents cramped into the small lift to get to their homes.

There was utter silence in the lift, as those within were accompanied by rusty lift doors and a wooden floor. Once the doors opened at the 10th floor, I stepped out only to be greeted by an old discarded mattress.

I found my way to the given address, and there was Dinesh Rajasingam who greeted me with a big smile on Monday night.

The Harimau Muda D player had, just hours earlier, returned from Bangkok after competing in the Asian Football Confederation Under-16 tournament in Bangkok. It was a painful journey home as the team lost 2-1 to Australia over the weekend en route to ending their chances of playing in the Under-17 World Cup.

Dinesh’s father S. Rajasingam — who is a technician with Tenaga Nasional Berhad —had yet to return home to meet his son.

“He would only be back at 6am (on Tuesday). He spends long hours at work and his work is tough.
“But he has always made time for my games and tries to watch me play as often as possible. He is my number one fan,” said Dinesh, 16.

The Gambang Sports School student, a ‘budak flat’ as some may call him, hails from humble beginnings. He lost his mother P. Kala when he was 11 but stopped short from revealing further.

“It was a difficult time for me … for the family. I had to take care of my younger brother. It wasn’t easy.”

He and his siblings — Logaarwin, now aged 20, Sarmila (19) and Darshan Raj (12) — managed and they later moved from the KL City Hall Flat in Taman Melati, Gombak to their current home. His dad later remarried home maker S. Sudaravili.

“I’m thankful my mom (Sudaravili) has helped us out a lot.  She has been really supportive of my passion in football too,” the left-back player added.

Football runs in his blood as Logaarwin played the sport at school level while their dad and late grandfather M. Sivalingam also played football during their younger days.

While his parents have been his pillar of support, Dinesh remained thankful to his former coach N. Radhakrishnan who had spotted his talent when he was 12.

“I was playing at my primary school (SKT Taman Melawati) field when coach Radhakrishnan saw me. He immediately asked me to join his Youth Football Academy and it was no turning back since. If it was not for Radhakrishnan, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Dinesh impressed many ever since, as he outshined at every age-level tournament. He was schooling at SMK Setapak Indah for two years before he was given a place in Harimau Muda D. In Gambang, national junior coach S. Balachandran moulded him further as he became a permanent player in the squad.

His other team mates in the national team who graduated from Youth Football Academy are best friends M. Kogileswaran Raj and Muhammad Syazwan Salihin.

“We are a tight-knit team. Coach Balachandran is strict but he is always there for us.
“We were in tears after losing 2-1 to Australia. When we were in the dressing room, the first thing coach Balachandran said was ‘good game boys’ and he said our fight is not over as we will continue to play hard.”

Dinesh, a Manchester United fan who idolises Real Madrid left back Marcelo, insists he is not a superstar.

“I am far from it. I have so many more years ahead of me and anything can happen along the way.
“Yes, I do fancy handphones and other stuff but my biggest goal is to help my family. I wish I will be able to buy them a condominium so that they can live comfortably. That is my wish.”

Dinesh and his team mates have certainly done the nation proud. Their fighting spirit would put even the senior players to shame.

If these batch of players remained committed and consistent in their game, this could very well be the resurrection of the glory days of Malaysian football.

Dinesh and Co may not know this — but if there was one thing that would unite us in trying times, it would be through football.

Well done and keep up the spirit Muhd Asri Muhamad, Abang Nur Afirman Abang, Muhammad Amirul Ashraf, Muhammad Ghaffar, Ali Imran Alimi, Muhamad Hafiy Haikal, Muhammad Najmuddin, Muhammad Syazwan, Dinesh Rajasingam, Kogileswaran Raj Mohana Raj, Shahrul Akmal, Mukhlis Ihsan Najmi, Muhammad Hafizuddin, Najib Abdullah, Muhammad Hafizuddin, Muhammad Naaim Abdul, Mohamad Ramadhan Jalil, Amirul Syazwan Nor Azmi, Muhammad Haziq Nadzli, Aliff Izman Shadan and Muhamad Shyamierul Razmee.

Happy Malaysia Day folks!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tok Mat defends president's post, ministry calls on PSM to amend constitution

KUALA LUMPUR - "Pada Sukan SEA 2017 kita akan raih pingat emas. "Mulai tahun depan, anda akan mula melihat peningkatan ditunjukkan oleh sukan sepaktakraw."

Itu janji Datuk Ahmad Ismail sebaik sahaja berjaya mempertahankan jawatan Presiden Persatuan Sepaktakraw Malaysia (PSM), semalam.

Dalam mesyuarat pemilihan di Johor Bahru itu, Ahmad, yang lebih dikenali sebagai Tok Mat dipilih untuk menerajui PSM bagi penggal 2014-2017 menerusi kemenangan mudah ke atas pencabarnya, Mohd. Shapian Ali.

Ahmad, 50, yang menjadi Presiden PSM sejak Disember 2002, meraih 50 undi, berbanding hanya 20 diterima Shapian, yang juga Presiden Persatuan Sepaktakraw Negeri Terengganu (PSTNT).

Read more here.

Bernama, meanwhile, reported:

The youth and sports ministry will call on the Sepaktakraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) to amend its constitution, especially on its committee election process to strengthen the association in the
development of sepaktakraw.

Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said among the calls for amendment included a change in the voting method of committee election from a show of hands to a secret ballot as the best practice carried out by other sports associations.

Apart from that, he said there should be more delegates from state associations, as compared to delegates appointed by the incumbent leadership at the PSM election.

"The call is not a criticism of the PSM election yesterday; it is just that we want to improve administration and strengthen constitution in the future," Khairy said.