The Federal Court has fixed the date in
2023 to hear an application by Maklin Masiau and Lawrence Jomiji Kinsil @
Maximilhian for leave to commence with the appeal to reinstate the
originating summons against the Marang MP.
The two appellants' counsel Marcus Lim confirmed the hearing date when contacted by Malaysiakini this afternoon. "The Federal Court hearing for leave (to appeal) is fixed on April 4, 2023," the lawyer said.
When reached out by this news portal, Hadi's counsel Yusfarizal
Yussof also confirmed the date for the hearing, adding that proceedings
would be conducted online to hear submissions from both the appellants
and the respondent (Hadi).
In regard to a civil jurisdiction
appeal to the apex court, an appellant must first apply for leave to
proceed with the appeal. In the event the apex court greenlights this,
it would later set a separate date to hear the merits of the appeal. On May 7 last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed Hadi's application to strike out the civil action.
The defendant had sought to nullify the lawsuit on grounds that it was frivolous, vexatious, and an abuse of the court process. Under the law, a successful striking-out bid means the civil action
is nullified without its merits being subjected to a full court hearing.
Then on Aug 16 this year, the Court of Appeal denied the two Sabahans' appeal to reinstate the lawsuit. The duo had then gone up to the apex court.
Appointed as special envoy
The Sabahans filed legal action on Dec 9, 2020, over Hadi’s statement published in PAS’ party organ Harakah on Jan 18, 2016. The duo claimed that the statement was then reported by the online news portal Free Malaysia Today on the same day. A copy of the news report is being relied on by them for the suit.
They sought a declaration that Hadi has committed an act of sedition contrary to Section 3 of the Sedition Act 1948. They
also sought a declaration that the defendant was unfit to hold any
position in the government of Malaysia, including that of a position
equivalent to a ministerial post.
On April 2, 2020, it was
reported that Hadi was appointed as special envoy to the Middle East
with a ministerial rank. This took place shortly after the fall of the
Pakatan Harapan administration and the emergence of the Perikatan
Nasional government (at present, the government is led by Prime Minister
In their statement of claim, the two plaintiffs alleged that Hadi’s
statement had also cast aspersions on the Christian community in
Malaysia. “We respectfully state that the defendant has made an
unfounded statement and cast aspersions on Christians and/or Christian
“The defendant’s statement has affected the Christian community in the country and has thus become a matter of public interest.“However,
it has been more than four years since the defendant issued this
seditious statement, but no prosecution has been brought against the
defendant,” the two plaintiffs alleged.
PinkMacaw3429 : Hadi, Hadi, tak habis habis menghina Christian, sudah sudah lah. Dosa besar dalam ugama Islam.
This guy Hadi, as soon as he wakes up in the morning he will say Christian, Jews.
Thank you Hadi, keep on saying Christian, Jews, and if you have time please do’a for lovely DAP.