Shafee Abdullah’s media statement on suing and challenging Raja Petra and Malaysia Today

Eminent litigation lawyer Dato’ Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who was specifically mentioned by Raja Petra’s Malaysia Today articles under No Holds Barred section recently, decided to take him and the political news portal to court. However, the distant relative to the Selangor Royal family refused and totally ignored the attempt to serve him the summon earlier in week.


This is not the first time Raja Petra Kamaruddin was sued in court for his writings. Earlier this year, UUM Vice Chancellor Tan Sri Dr. Nordin Kardi obtained a default judgment  suit for a RM 7 million sum as the former Free Anwar Campaign lead media person refused any attempt to defend himself nor appear in court. Recently when he appeared in court for the sedition and criminal defamation charges, Raja Petra refused to enter plea.

Today, Dato’ Shafee issued a media statement with regards to his action and challenged Raja Petra, whom the former called the latter “A common pariah”, in court or any tribunal of both mutual choice :

Press Release (17 August 2008 )


1. On the 6th, 7th, and 12th August 2008, Raja Petra published the 3 defamatory articles on me with other commenters publishing their comments following the 3 defamatory articles. All of the commenters are equally guilty of defamation and various offences of vulgarities under the Penal Code.


2. The Raja Petra website is a controlled website, meaning it is a moderated website. He chooses through that system to publish or not any article or comment posted on the blog site. He is therefore a publisher of all the articles and comments posted on his blog site and is therefore guilty of publishing, accommodating and adopting the contents as his. He has committed the offences of defamation, sedition and other offences in the Penal Code and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.


3. Raja Petra does not practice an open blog site. He only publishes materials that support him. All other materials that are critical of him or condemn him are not published. He is not interested in an open debate for alternative views. His claim that his website is a source of independent news is total nonsense. Clearly this blogger is a coward and one that hides behind his blog ( and as you can see in court last Friday, one that hides behind his wife as well) Any so called “Royalty” (as Raja Petra claims himself to be) who indulges in publishing vulgar statements over and above being defamatory ought to be ashamed of himself as his behaviour evidenced in the blog site is that of a common “pariah”.

4. I am lodging a police report today for offences committed by Raja Petra which are as follows:


(a) Criminal Defamation;

(b) Sedition under the Sedition Act 1948;

(c) Offences under the Penal Code for vulgarities;

(d) Offences under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998; and

(e) Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984


5. The Order of the High Court has been officially served on him on the 15th of August 2008. But before this Raja Petra was aware of the contents of the Order dated 13th August 2008 as admitted by him in his article on the 14th itself. Under the law he should have obeyed the Order of Court counting from the 14th itself. I am monitoring closely if Raja Petra is complying with each and every order that the court has imposed against him. If he does not observe any of these orders, I will compel him to be produced in court for contempt of court. I will continue to do this for every contemptious act he commits and if the contempt continues I will make repeated applications for contempt against him. If the court of Appeal could find it sufficient to send Murray Hiebert, a bona fide journalist to jail in Malaysia, the crimes committed by Raja Petra would be far worse. Raja Petra is not a bona fide journalist or an independent news provider. He is truly a puppet of some political animal. Raja Petra’s website is a political propaganda website and Raja Petra is the chief puppet.

6. This year alone 2 successful defamation suits have been taken against Raja Petra. The cases are :


(a) Universiti Utara Malaysia & Vice Chancellor Tan Sri Dr Nordin Kardin v Raja Petra , where a defamation suit was taken against Raja Petra. Raja Petra never entered appearance nor defended the case. On 26th March 2008, Raja Petra was ordered to pay RM 4 Million as damages to the Plaintiffs. He has failed to pay the RM 4 million. Raja Petra is a bankrupt and has been declared a bankrupt for quite sometime. As you know, an honourable bankrupt must defend his reputation about his credibility. Raja Petra never defended his credibility. He is not just a common bankrupt. He is also bankrupt of credibility and ideas.


(b) The case of Dato Seri Azim Zabidi v Raja Petra, a Kuala Lumpur High Court suit. Again judgment in default of appearance has been taken against him. The Plaintiff in that case has applied for damages to be assessed by the court. And the damages sum would soon be announced by the Court. Tell me why isn’t Raja Petra defending these suits ? I suggest there is only one reason : he has no defence and he knows his stories are all propaganda and has no nexus to truth.


The above precedent cases show that:


(a) Raja Petra is a coward in not defending the defamation suits against him.


(b) If he claims he can justify the contents of all his writings, the public deserves to know the truth and he should not behave like a coward and not come to court and prove his case.


(c) I challenge him to consent to our case being expedited for trial so that the public will know the truth whether Raja Petra is a liar or not. The court is the best forum to adjudicate on the conflict. In fact, alternatively, if Raja Petra wants an independent arbitration on this matter, with independent arbitrators chosen by a joint consent between him and me, I will gladly accept it and challenge him to produce the proofs of his allegations.


7 We are concerned that Raja Petra thinks that being a bankrupt he does not have any obligations to law and society. This is perhaps the reason why he is so dishonest and reckless as to what he publishes. If he thinks he can hide behind his bankruptcy, he is dead wrong. So far the conduct of Raja Petra clearly shows that his sole motive is to do propaganda and truth was never his consideration at all.


8. For your information, I can conclusively show Raja Petra is a total liar I have independent evidence, both oral and documentary, that will show neither the office of Shafee & Co nor this conference room you are sitting in or the whiteboard you are looking at or I personally are involved in anything close to the allegation by Raja Petra that we are involved in a conspiracy relating to the case of the sodomy allegation by Saiful against Anwar Ibrahim. Raja Petra will have to show his so called evidence. He bluffs by saying he has got 6 witnesses 3 of them are datuks apparently.And I urge him that if he has that evidence, he must quickly agree for an expedited trial of this matter as the public deserves nothing less than the truth. If Raja Petra is found to be lying to the public he must be stopped fast so that the public is not misled.


9. For your information, I have been away in Kuching and Terengganu for more than 6 weeks prior to Anwar Ibrahim being charged, I was away from the 28 June 2008 until 7th August 2008 continuously with one week in Kuala Terengganu (all of them related to my work in relation to 3 Election Petitions).How could I be in this room to mastermind the operation with the police.


10. Why should the police want to do a black operation in this room? Don’t you think a black operation by its nature is secretive ? Should such an operation be done in this open conference room ? That is the reason I say even a person with a pea-sized brain would not believe his story. Raja Petra is not a clever bluffer. I would love to cross-examine him in court and I would offer myself to be cross-examined by his team of lawyers if this is the only way truth can be revealed.


11. I will tell him to stop being the coward he is. Come out into the open, in the open court and fight me like a man and not to hide behind his web site or behind the skirt of his wife.



Dato’ Muhammad Shafee Abdullah


*Updated 930pm

Also read The Malaysian Insider for their report

Published in: on August 17, 2008 at 12:33  Comments (25)  

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  1. I have been one of the constant readers of RPK’s blog until about 7 months ago. I began to realize while he is asking politicians to be honest, he has been abusing our trust and support for him to become the propganda machine for his former political boss. What upset me is that while he wants other to play by rules, he sets his own rules. Everything against him is conspiracy. Everthing agaisnt others by him is truth. This is not fair play. You must be a man to stand up for what you believe. And dont use rakyat’s naiveity.

    Well said

  2. RPK’s shares of fault is 50% but the other 50% fault relies on the naive readers.

    No adult, in this century should be that naive. Everybody, especially the Malays must learn to think for themselves and to choose right from wrong. RPK’s writings are ridiculous, his actions (mogok lapar, refuse bail…etc) are silly and stupid, he is a sick and mad con man desperate for attention. How could anybody with a clear state of mind trust him?

  3. Thats i always believe only what is in the papers. Like PM said “read my lips no fuel price hike” I believe.
    When Najib says “I dont know this Altantuya” who is alleged to act as an intepreter for a submarine deal which so happens that ARB company is the world leader in submarine maintenance, having maintained the Black Sea Fleet of the Soviet Union, I believe.
    I also believe Sayfool swearing, and would ask that his rear be preserved as a national heritage site, like the rock which Excalibur was stuck. Somebody should stick something in it, and a title should read, he who can withdraw this thing can be the next….., I believe, I always believe.

  4. So Kari Paf decides to believe in MAlaysia Today because he hates the PM, Najib and Saiful, not because of the facts in the blog.
    THis is when we see someone with brain smaller than a pea size.

  5. RPK has been acting so sickly and full of malady in his postings of late; he appears more and more desperate, perhaps knowing that he as well as his champion horse’s end is coming to an end.

    RPK could just be stooge; those supporting,financially or otherwise, RPK are definitely worse off characters, they causing so much falsehood and chaos in our society.

    RPK and his funders all deserve to be behind bars soonest, they have used the freedom accorded to them by our constitution. I wonder why the Home Ministry has not acted; RPK and his funders not the examples of Universal Human Rights Declaration we need in this beloved country. Someone else can start a similar Malaysia Today with much better integrity and independence.

    Be done with RPK for once and for all; he’s been asking for it for a while now but better still is also to catch the suckers behind him.

  6. This speaks volumne of everything

    How childish and immature.

    TDM, you dont have to run. I will be ashamed if he is Malaysia Boleh next AG. But anything also can including currency sumggler, minor rapist, porno movie star and lots more ….

    How ashamed to tell my overseas friend we have a good gomen with all this splashed media wide.

    Any one know more of the tikus sexual exploits and how his nominees are lesbian woman, mamaks and our famous Chicken Li (KJ)

  7. Why hitting people who are not in power …. we should be hitting the ‘leaders’ that WE have STUPIDLY chosen who have raped the country instead … and the hapless rakyat should not be prosecuted for doing just that.

    One very intelligent person told me “It is the not the issues that matter, it is how we handle the issues that matter”

  8. Nostrdamus Predictions on Possibilities In Malaysia.
    Ramalan Nostradamus atas Kemungkinan-kemungkinan di Malaysia.

    1. Is it possible that DSAI wins the Permatang Pauh elections and become the next Chief Minister of Penang as a stepping stone to becoming Prime Minister?
    Adakah mungkinnya DSAI memenangi pilihan raya Permatang Pauh dan menjadi Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang sebelum menjadi Perdana Menteri?

    2. Is it possible that DSAB resign as PM of Malaysia after the Permatang Pauh elections and handover to DSNTR earlier than expected?
    Adakah mungkinnya DSAB meletak jawatan sebagai PM Malaysia selepas pilihan raya Permatang Pauh dan menyerahkannya kepada DSNTR lebih awal dari jangkaan?

    3. Is it possible that UMNO and PKR will combine to form a new party?
    Adakah mungkinnya UMNO dan PKR akan bergabung untuk membentuk sebuah parti baru?

    4. Is it possible that all other component parties of BN without UMNO will combine with PKR to form a new party?
    Adakah mungkinnya parti-parti komponen BN lain kecuali UMNO akan bergabung dengan PKR untuk membentuk sebuah parti baru?

    5. Is it possible that PKR and PAS will combine to form a new party?
    Adakah mungkinnya PKR dan PAS akan bergabung untuk membentuk sebuah parti baru?

    6. Is it possible that PKR, DAP and HINDRAF will combine to form a new party?
    Adakah mungkinnya PKR,DAP dan HINDRAF akan bergabung untuk membentuk sebuah parti baru.

    7. Is it possible that TDM and all other Little Napoleons knows of these possibilities and are preparing to migrate?
    Adakah mungkinnya TDM dan semua “Little Napoleons” mengetahui kemungkinan-kemungkinan ini dan sedang bersedia untuk berhijrah?

    To be continued…….
    Akan disambung……

  9. He should also follow Saiful’s lead and swear on the Holy Book to show his ‘kejujuran’ that what he was accused of is total fabrication.

    In fact, we should also ask leaders if they are willing to swear on the Holy Book by the statements they make to show their ‘kejujuran’.

    For example,

    Leader: “There will not be any fuel hike after the GE”
    Rakyat: “Are you willing to swear on the Holy Book?”

    L: “I have never met that person before”
    R: “Are you willing to swear on the Holy Book?”

    L: “Generic Leader’s Statement”
    R: “Are you willing to swear on the Holy Book?”

    you get the idea.

  10. So who is the political animals running Malaysia Today’s Raja Petra? Or is he lawyer Shafee all big talk of like losers standing in line to sue a bankcrupt?

    In the end it all comes down to name callings.
    (ingat tadi akan ada pistol duel ke, parang fight or something deadly)

    anyway, who is the political animal that you want to smoke out, shafee?

  11. Putting him in Jail will further consolidate the belief of his supporters that the government is repressing him and perhaps to cover up whatever.

    Its high time someone nail this guy.

    Love to see them both in another DEBAT live.

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  13. hahahaha mahkamah di malaysia ni kalau setakat bicara kes curi ayam teman percaya 100%. tapi kalau kes politik tambah2 melibatkan org bukan kerajaan hahahaha… ni semua mahathir yang mulakan bila kerajaan byk kalah kes mahkamah sekitar 85-88 dulu.

  14. I must congratulate RPK for his courages posting on Shafee. It is daring. Lets start thinking, what IF RPK wrote was true? Would you (the readers) want to know? And, IF it is not true, well, I am sure RPK has thought about it before he published the article. Shafee has all the reasons to deny the charges, as PM Flip-Flop said –“biasalah, orang yang bersalah tidak akan mengaku dia bersalah” – lebih kurang camtu bunyi dia.

  15. Semoga kebenaran akan terbukti…amin

  16. Pergi MAMPUS lah to all Malaysian Politicians and the Malaysians…..Go fight and quarrel among yourself, go make enemies…… the world is jsut laughing at how stupid Malaysians are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ALL OF YOU led by Abdullah & Najib are heading down south … PERGI MAMPUS !

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  19. Semoga kebenaran akan terbukti…………………. WHEN TEH COW COMES HOME

  20. “I will tell him to stop being the coward he is. Come out into the open, in the open court and fight me like a man and not to hide behind his web site or behind the skirt of his wife” Dato’ Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said **************

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  24. Interesting post.

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