01 Oct '11, 5am

Malaysian to pay US$31,000 over Facebook defamation

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court has ordered a man to pay 100,000 ringgit (US$31,000) for defaming a mechanics' training centre on Facebook, his lawyer said Saturday. The high court in the northern state of Penang said Leong Yook Kong defamed the centre, where his son had studied, through three posts on the social networking site last year, Leong's lawyer K. Paramanathan said. Leong, a 64-year-old retiree, posted the comments implying the centre was guilty of fraud and corrupt practices after his son failed an examination for a diploma in vehicle maintenance and repair. Leong now has to pay a total of 100,000 ringgit in damages and costs, Paramanathan said. He is also not allowed to publish further defamatory statements. Paramanathan said it was his first Facebook defamation case but he could not say whether other such suits had succeeded in Malaysian courts. Malaysians are...

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