原题∶The Corridors Of Power∶Zul Rafique and Azim Zabidi, PLEASE go to hell!
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Our Ref:ZRP 20801139
21th February 2008
Yang Mulia Raja Petra Lamaruddin
No 5, Jalan BRP 5/5
Bukit Rahman Putra
47000 Sungai Buloh
Selangor Daluh Ehsan
1. Libelous Articles Eetitled -A Seam, By Any Other Name, Smells Just as Foul" authored by Raja Petra Kamaruddin dated 9th Febnury ZOO8 published on the Malaysia Today website
2. Libelous Article "The New Member of Parliament For Putrajaya, Azim Zabidi" authored by Raja Petm Kamaruddin dated 19th February 2008 published on the Malaysia Today website
We act for Dato' Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi,
On the 9th of February 2008, you authored and caused to be published on the Malaysia Today website, an article entitled "A Scam By Any Other Name, Smells Just as Foul("1st Article") which refered to our client. The 1st Article
contained the following defamatory words about our client:
"We are of course talking about a case involving the Umno Treasurer cum Bukit Bintang Umno division chief cum Chairman of Bank Simpanan Nasional, Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi".
"But in spite of all the proof and in spite of the police report made, why is he still walking free and why has no action been taken against him? This just goes to prove that with all the evidence in the world and how many police reports you may have made, those who walk in the corridors of power are immune from legal action -- unless you have gone against the powers-that-be and they want to fix you up for that"
"On 20 October 2003, Azim was appointed a Director of Transquay Ventures Sdn Bhd. The purpose of appointing him a Director of that company is so that he can help the company with its listing exercise on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange"
"However, the company would have to be a Bumiputera company to qualify, said Azim, so half the shares had to be transferred into his name and the balance into the name of another Malay. With the shareholding reflecting 100% Bumiputera equity it would now qualify"
"Azim 'paid' Lu Leong Seng for the shares on 5 April 2004 through three RHB Bank cheques. The sale was not a genuine sale of course but just a 'paper' transaction to show that Azim really owned the shares and had paid for them. Lu was supposed to refund the money, but not to Azim, as he did not want the money trail to lead to his door. Instead, Lu was asked to pay the money to Tan Boon Keong, the infamous BK Tan. This was done through four cheques issued through Public Bank Berhad on 8 April 2004"
"The listing never happened so Lu called off the deal and asked for the return of his shares. But Azim refused to return the shares or refund the RM1,318,000 that was paid to his nominee, BK Tan. On 31 November 2007, Lu made a police report at the Kajang Police Station. To date, of course, and as expected, no action has been taken by the police. In the meantime, Azim and his partner, BK Tan, own the company plus RM1,318,000 in cash. Not bad for one of the members of the Zulhasnan Rafique inner circle. And this, basically, is what the New Economic Policy is all about"
The allegation that you published in the 1st Article, mean and were understood to mean that Dato' Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi:
- is guilty of criminal offence and that the police have taken no action in this matter;
- is guilty of fraternizing and/or associated with members of the underworld and/or criminals; and
- has defrauded and/or cheated one Mr.Lu Leong Seng in the sum of RM1,318,000.
Our client and his partners were shareholders to the extent of 30% in Allied Floursih Sdn. Bhd, the company that was to be listed on the KLSE. The 30% was acquired of RM1,318,000. Transquay Ventures was not earmarked for listing as alleged in the 1st Article.
We are further instructed that your website has published the following liberious comments:
(a) Written by truth Seeker, February 19, 2008 11:05:35
"Yes, yes. This man is a crook, he promote himself to all new up coming businessman as the next or future Finance Minister, so all would try to pleased him, he make used the position of UMNO treasurer to make money for himself, well he collect 10 riggit, 7 for himself and 3 for UMNO.
Azim think he is boss to his ball carrier, but actually in the business circle, he is known as crook and a man without principle, he can bypass you in deals and if you introduce any deals next minute he will cut you off and go direct."
(b) written by Ultraman, February 11, 2008 16:20:18
"Very well-thought scheme. Where did this Abd Azim learn the trick? On the surface it looks like no case la! With the judiciary integrity very much in doubt.I doubt our poor friend can win the case. Correct, correct, correct! If I were the victim. I will quickly engage one lawyer name P@@@@ as my counsel. He got jalan la!! He had been winning cases after cases. Could be the QC if he had been in GB!!!"
(c)Written by gundohin. February 13. 2008 06:37:25
"Both are crook anyway. Lu Leong Seog & non-bumi trying to "cheat" the system and pass off as a bumiputra company to get it listed and an UMNO politician and a bumiputra scumbag Datuk Seri Abdul Azim taking advantage of the situation to swindle some money."
On the 19th of February 2008, you also authored and caused to be published on the Malaysia Today website, a further article entitled "The New Member of Parliament for Putrajaya. Azim Zabidi", ("2nd Article") which referred to our client. The 2nd Article contained the following defamatory words about our client:
The evidence is clear. Azim Zabidi works for a Chinaman. Azim Zabidi is just an Ali Baba front. And Azim Zabidi is going to be the next Member of Parliament for Putrajaya while the god-fearing, squeaky-clean opposition candidate is not only going to lose, but will probably lose his deposit as well
What is more important is whether the new wakil rakyat is a slime-ball and scumbag. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that the Anti-Corruption Agency, Special Branch, Bankruptcy Office, etc., will vet all proposed candidates to ensure that none of them are carrying any baggage.
The perplexing thing about this whole arrangement is that a Chinese by the name of BK Tan is prominent in this whole thing. Who is BK Tan to Azim Zabidi? BK Tan is Azim Zabidi's 'boss'. In other words, the RM1,318,000 that Azim Zabidi paid the vendor of the shares came from BK Tan. What did Azim Zabidi have to do for BK Tan to earn this money? Azim Zabidi, unknown to the vendor of the shares, is just the Ali Baba front. And that is why after Azim Zabidi paid RM1,318,000 for the shares he asked that the money be handed back (serah balek) to BK Tan
Yes, Azim Zabidi is working for a Chinaman. He is an Ali Baba front, just a rent-seeker and commission agent like most Malays in this country. But this is an important rent-seeker. This rent-seeker is going to be the new Member of Parliament for Malaysia's Administrative Capital, Putrajaya
The evidence is clear. Azim Zabidi works for a Chinaman. Azim Zabidi is just an Ali Baba front. And Azim Zabidi is going to be the next Member of Parliament for Putrajaya while the god-fearing, squeaky-clean opposition candidate is not only going to lose, but will probably lose his deposit as well. But Azim Zabidi is not going to be the real Wakil Rakyat for Putrajaya. Azim Zabidi is 'owned' by a Chinaman so that is who is going to be the real Wakil Rakyat for Putrajaya. And Azim Zabidi is considered relatively 'clean' compared to the other Barisan Nasional or Umno candidates. Imagine what those 'not so clean' have been up to
The allegations that you published in the 2nd Article. mean and were understood to mean that Dato' Seri Abdul Azm Mohd Zabidi:-
(I) is an "Ali Baba" front and a crook;
(2) is a rent seeker and commercial agent;
(3) is unfit to be candidate for Parliament in the forthcoming election;
(4) is not a clean politician;
(5) is a front for one BK Tan and works for him;
(6) associates himself with members of the underworld and/or criminals;
(7) is dishonest, corrupte and unfit for public office.
We are further instructed that your website has republished the following libelous comments:
(a) Written by Tlau, February, 19, 2008 14:05:16:
"Another scumhug ,aming to be MP. Let's just vole out BM and this scumbag will vieid no power'
(b) Written by Truthseeker, February 19, 2008 18:50:45:
"oh SHIT,AZIM be member of parliament???? that means the government be more corrupted, Pak Lah please la, open your eyes to this crook."
(c) Written by Bananachinese, February 20, 2008 00:37:51:
"Not only Putrajaya. Bukit Bintang also got gangster liaison man: http://bananachinese.wordpress,...hong-meng/"
The allegations in both articles and the comments ugainsl our client amount to a very serious libel on our client and have caused him considerable distress and embarrassment. These allegations made against him are false and your attack on him is wholly unjustified.
We are therefore instructed to demand, which we hereby do:
(I) An immediate and unequivocal public retraction of the 1st Article from the Malaysia Today website and the removal of all the offending comments forthwith;
(2) An immediate and unequivocal public retraction of the 2nd Article from the Malaysia Tooday website;
(3) An apology, in terms to bc approved by us as solicitors in respect of both the 1st and 2nd Articles;
(4) An undertaking by yourselves nut to repeat the above allegations and comments.
Our client bas also instructed us to demand damages from you for the injury caused to his reputation.
Our client has also requested us to demand payment of all legal costs that has been incurred with regard to this matter.
This letter is written in accordance with the pre-action protocol prior to the
institution of a libel action. We look forward to hearing from you without delay. If we do not receive a satisfactory reply within Forly-Eight (48) Hours of receipt of this letter, our instructions are to institute legal proceedings. In the meantime, our client reserves all his rights in this matter.
Kindly acknowledge receipt of this letter.
WRITTEN BY Sunil Abraham
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