The High Court has granted a bankruptcy order against Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Azwanddin Hamzah following his failure to settle payments owed to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.
In a statement issued today, Kok said she had initiated bankruptcy proceedings against Azwanddin in relation to the unpaid damages awarded to her that are linked to an out-of-court settlement reached on Aug 28, 2019.
Kok had filed the defamation suit against Azwanddin over his speech alleging that the former primary industries minister had a personal interest in a land dispute that led to the November 2018 riot at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at Seafield in USJ Subang Jaya, Selangor.
“The matter was settled out of court and a consent judgment was recorded before High Court judge Yang Arif Rohani Ismail.
“However, Azwanddin has failed to honour the judgment and has failed to make any payment of the settlement sum, to date,” Kok said.
The bankruptcy order dated March 29 was signed by senior assistant registrar Nurul Izzah Shaharuddin.
In October 2019, Azwanddin apologised to Kok for alleging that she was related to the owners of real estate company One City Development, the company in a dispute with the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
Azwanddin also said he would be paying RM130,000 to Kok as part of the settlement agreement. – Malaysiakini