Zakir Naik Sues Ramasamy Again for Defamation

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Controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik has sued Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy with yet another defamation suit, the second within three months.

Law firm Messrs Akberdin & Co, which is representing Dr Zakir, served the writ of summons on Ramasamy yesterday.

The suit was filed over Ramasamy’s comment that was published by The Malaysian Insight in its article titled “DAP leader accuses Zakir camp of ‘faking’ Tamil Tigers revival” dated November 8.

The report quoted Ramasamy claiming that Dr Zakir’s supporters had produced disinformation purporting a movement to revive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), even though the LTTE had been defunct for 10 years.

It was published following a police crackdown that arrested 12 alleged LTTE sympathisers, including two DAP assemblypersons.

In October, Zakir had sued Ramasamy for defamation over his statements in four articles between 2016 and August 2019.

The four statements comprise a Facebook post on April 10, 2016, news reports by Free Malaysia Today on Oct 1, 2017 and Aug 11 this year, and a video interview he gave the India-based media platform India Today on Aug 20 this year.