Columnist ordered to pay RM500,000 over defamatory tweets
KUALA LUMPUR: Columnist R. Nadeswaran has been ordered to pay RM500,000 in damages to property developer Datuk Mohamad Salim Fateh Din over defamatory statements made on social networking site Twitter.
High Court judge Amelia Tee Hong Geok Abdullah awarded the businessman RM300,000 in general damages and RM200,000 in aggravated damages. Mohamed Salim was represented by lawyer Dhinesh Bhaskaran and Denise Tan, and Nadeswaran by counsel Lim Chee Wee. Nadeswaran is the first person in Malaysia to be sued for defamation over a Twitter posting.
He was sued by Mohamed Salim for RM15mil on March 1 last year over postings in which he was alleged to have cast aspersions on the Gapurna CEO’s bumiputra status. Nadeswaran writes The Sun ‘s Citizen Nades column.