By: Yume Suryani
KUCHING: The Court has decided to accept an unreserved apology from Joseph Tawie, 74, a former journalist on his false accusation towards Batang Sadong MP Dato Nancy Shukri.
Speaking to reporters after the court hearing today, she said she forgave him for his action as she believes everyone regardless of race or religion must be given opportunities to redeem themselves, however there are consequences for defamation.
“As a matter of principle, I wanted him to retract which he did not initially but after that he had agreed to make an apology publicly, which has done in the court. He agreed to settle the matter out of court and agreed that he had tarnished my image as a former minister. And as a leader from GPS government I have been doing a reasonably good job and that is something that it should not be accused of me for having done such act that had been causing a lot of distress to me. Especially when you did not do something that you have been accused of and you have done a lot for the people ” she said.
On May 10, 2019, Joseph posted a statement on his Facebook account accusing her of pressuring Tuai Rumah of Sg Buluh not to agree with the proposed celebration because of political differences.
“In this case, I was falsely accused on Friday 10th of May 2019 on his personal Facebook account of barring the Tuai Rumah of Sg Buluh, Sadong Jaya from hosting a federal minister and also interfering in the decision of the Tuai Rumah as a non dayak, implying that I was stirring up racial dis-cohort, which promoted the invitation of this suit” she said.
Judge Supang Lian ordered Joseph to pay Nancy a sum of RM25,000. RM10,000 had to be paid to the plaintiff (Nancy) within 30 days of the court order.
The judge also ordered Joseph to apologize to Dato Sri Nancy in local newspapers in English and Malay, and delete his original post on social media (Facebook).