Teresa Kok files bankruptcy suit against Jamal Yunos for non-payment of court-ordered settlement
File photo shows Seputih MP Teresa Kok after winning a defamation case against Jamal Yunos at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on July 26, 2022. — Photo by Ahmad Zamzahuri
By Yiswaree Palansamy
Sunday, September 18, 2022 2:56 p.m. GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, September 18 – Seputeh MP Teresa Kok has filed a bankruptcy suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos of Umno.
In a statement today, Kok said she decided to file a lawsuit through her solicitor SN Nair after Jamal failed to pay her a court-ordered settlement of RM351,479.45, following a successful defamation suit against him.
In July, the High Court ruled that Division Chief Sungai Besar Umno defamed Kok and ordered him to pay RM300,000 in restitution and RM50,000 in costs.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohd Arief Emran Arifin’s decision was based on Jamal failing to prove his defense against Kok’s charges.
Kok was also represented by Jaden Phoon while Jamal was not represented by any attorneys after previously firing his appointed legal representative.
She filed a defamation lawsuit against Jamal in 2017 after he accused her and several other federal opposition lawmakers of embezzling Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds as part of the Skim Mesra Usia Emas initiative during a press conference.
“To date, I have yet to receive any compensation or costs from Jamal. at RM351,479.45.
“Therefore, I have asked my solicitor SN Nair & Partners to file a bankruptcy notice against Jamal due to Jamal’s negligent and indifferent attitude.
“If Jamal still fails to comply with the requirements of the bankruptcy notice, bankruptcy proceedings will be commenced against him and he may be declared bankrupt at the end of the trial,” Kok said.