Dato Kalimullah Hasan in braces with Lim Kian Onn in an ECM Libra do in 2007
Finally, after undergoing years of court proceedings in two defamation cases, Dato Kalimullah Hasan, the former Group Editor in Chief (GEIC) of the News Straits Times Group agreed to apologise to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for lying in his article written on 11 June 2006 in the New Sunday Times.
Kalimullah agreed to the mutual consent for an amicable solution with Matthias Chang, former political secretary to Tun Dr Mahathr today. Read Rocky Bru here and The Mole here.
In the said article here, Kalimullah made up story that in a trip to Japan, Dr Mahathir wanted to meet now Tun Abdullah but Tun Abdullah insisted that he would "go and see his ex-boss rather than let Dr Mahathir come down to see him."
Personal Assistant to Tun Dr Mahathir, Sufi Yusoff pointed out the error in his reply on MyKMU.net dated June 12 2006.
Extract reads as follows:
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not seek an appointment with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi while both leaders were in Tokyo attending the Nikkei Conference.Naturally, the liar editor Kalimullah did not release the reply.
In fact, it was the opposite. Dr Mahathir was only informed by a third party that the Prime Minister was on the way to call on him 20 minutes before he was due to leave the hotel on May 26.
To this, Dr Mahathir agreed and the two leaders met for about 10 minutes before Dr Mahathir had to take his leave.
Dato Ahiruddin Attan @ Rocky Bru called him a liar in his blog, Rocky Bru. Subsequently, Kalimullah sued Rocky and Jeff Ooi, who also reported it in his blog.
Jeff Ooi has since sought for off-court settlement so that the lawsuit will not spoil his chances to run again in the upcoming general election. While, the court case for Rocky Bru is scheduled for tomorrow.
What happens to Rocky Bru's case after Kalimullah had, by apologising, indirectly admitted he lied?
Not only that, this is not the first time Kalimullah had indirectly admitted guilt. Read Rocky Bru dated June 11 2007 here.
The curious minds would ask as to why Kalimullah is seeking settlement after so many years, he had refused to apologise to Rocky, Jeff Ooi and Matthias Chang. He has been sticking to the story as the truth.
It seems he claimed he is under much stress from the court cases. Perhaps it is true. In the lawsuit and counter lawsuit between Matthias Chang against Kalimullah, Matthias was determined to drag everyone related to the ECM Libra-Avenue debacle.
Kalimullah should be under tremendous stress worrying, if under cross examination, any of the witness spilled the beans on him and exposed the wrongdoings of the Tun Abdullah administration.
Already, Matthias attempted to subpoena Tun Abdulah Ahmad Badawi and Tan Sri Nor Mohamad Yakcop but was rejected by the courts. Tan Sri Azman was subpoened but is seeking court dismissal. Khairy Jamaluddin could not dismiss the subpoena and is schedued to be a witness.
This settlement should be a relief for Khairy who celebrated his Birthday today. Happy Pinky Birthday YB!