GVA: Defamation & the Malaysian Blogger

Local newspapers report a little bump in Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s defamation proceedings against Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK), when the High Court today ordered Shafee to appoint a lawyer. RPK’s lawyer, Manjeet Singh, had pointed out that Shafee may not represent himself in a case in which he has reason to believe that he will be called on as a witness in the hearing.

Yet, this is a tiny delay in the overall defamation highway along Malaysia’s cyber plains. In 2008 alone, three high profile defamation cases have hit the headlines, two of which involve RPK, the other involving Ahmad Lufty Othman of detikdaily.

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