Anonymous but popular bloggers Parpukari and Papagomo are each facing RM10 million lawsuits for alleged defamation.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian blogosphere is hit again with yet another lawsuit, or rather another two lawsuits for RM20 million.
Businessman Abdul Razak Mohd Noor has filed a RM10 million lawsuit each against popular socio-political bloggers Parpukari and Papagomo for allegedly defaming him in their postings.
Blogger Rocky Bru in his latest posting stated that Razak is a self-proclaimed Umno supporter who had once filed a lawsuit against Malaysian Information, Communications, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim's son Dino Rais.
Dino was Razak's business partner.
Rocky wrote: “But Razak is neither a blogger nor a politician. He does not understand why Umno bloggers are viciously attacking him.”
“And that's what makes this case queer and that is why the bloggers will be needing good lawyers to defend them."
Razak when contacted by The Mole confirmed sending legal notice to the bloggers, adding that he had no choice but to do so.
Razak said he was forced to opt for the legal avenue since he didn't know who the bloggers were and the motive of their attacks.
“I had to. I don’t know who they are but they have been constantly attacking me.
“With legal proceeding, they will have to be identified. I have lodged a police report and written a letter to Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Comission (MCMC) for that purpose before this but to no avail," Razak claimed, adding that he was surprised when he first read the allegedly defamatory posting about him.
The first posting which Razak says defamed him was published on Dec 4 last year in parpukari.blogspot.com with the title “Pendedahan bercili! Siapakah Razak Mohd Nor dan Numix Engineering ni sebenarnya?” (Expose: Who is Razak Moh Nor and Numix Engineering?).
In a subsequent post on Dec 12, the blogger had alleged that he (Razak) is a conman and had yet to pay the salary of his workers. The posting also appeared in papagomo.blogspot.com.
Razak believes the bloggers were paid to post the articles defaming him but he was not certain by whom or the reasons behind the postings.
"Bloggers have to be responsible for what they write, especially if their writing puts another person in a very bad light. They must be answerable for their action," Razak said.
Asked on the possibility for an out of court settlement Razak said not all doors for discussion are shut.
"I am a very reasonable person but they have to meet my lawyers and discuss about how best to solve this matter. This time, it must be done according to my terms," he said, opening the possibility for an amicable solution.
Both Parpukari and Papagomo could not be reached for comments.