KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is suing former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Wanita chief Anina Saadudin for allegedly defaming him on Facebook and accusing him of being incompetent in discharging his duties during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Ismail Sabri, 61, filed the suit in his personal capacity through Messrs Kesavan on March 5 and named Anina, 46, as the sole defendant.

In his statement of claims, Ismail Sabri claimed that Anina had posted 13 defamatory remarks and uploaded a video on her Facebook page, which among others, accused the minister of being incompetent in discharging his duties and implementing strict regulations to combat COVID-19 under the MCO.

He claimed that the 13 remarks made by Anina between Feb 5 and March 3 were also shared by other Facebook users.

He said the remarks implied that he was just a “puppet” in implementing the prime minister’s orders and that he was an inefficient and incompetent senior minister.


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