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Should public officials file defamation suits?

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The Federal Court ruled recently that former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was entitled to sue Perkasa for defamation over remarks about an official trip he made to Singapore.

But is it right for public officials to file defamation suits? Centre for Independent Journalism adviser Ding Jo-Ann and lawyer New Sin Yew think that it’s not, in an op-ed on Malaysiakini. BFM speaks with them to find out more.

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