KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Prime Minister Najib Razak launched legal action on Tuesday (June 3rd) against Malaysiakini, an independent news website known for criticising the government, AFP reported.
Reader comments posted on the website last month had defamed Najib and the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), according to court papers served on Malaysiakini.
Najib seeks damages, an injunction against further defamatory content and an apology.
"We intend to fight the suit vigorously," said Malaysiakini editor Steven Gan in comments posted on the portal.
A court date is set for June 18.