ATA/Dyson related recruitment firm director files RM60mil (US$14.2m) defamation suits against migrant activist Andy Hall

Here we go again, heard this first from FMT web portal before my lawyers informed me of the two cases filed against me, apparently last week

Recruitment firm director files RM60mil defamation suits against migrant activist

V Anbalagan

April 15, 2022 10:33 AM

Embun Karisma Resources director R Muthusamy denies that he had tried to ‘bribe’ activist Andy Hall with a consultancy offer at ATA.

PETALING JAYA: The director of a foreign workers’ recruitment firm has filed two suits against migrant rights activist Andy Hall over alleged defamatory statements.

R Muthusamy of Embun Karisma Resources is seeking a total of RM60 million in damages in the suits filed by the legal firm of GK Sritharan & Co at the High Court in Johor Bahru on Tuesday.

In the first suit, Muthusamy alleged that Hall sent an email on Jan 6 to not less than 40 individuals, including companies, government departments and NGOs, accusing him of “bribing” Hall with a consultancy offer at ATA, a leading electronics manufacturing service company.

In the email, he said, Hall claimed that Muthusamy had asked around on “how much it would cost to pay off or silence Andy Hall”.

Muthusamy said he sent a letter of demand to Hall on Feb 14, but Hall made another alleged defamatory statement titled “See you in court: Hall dares libel claimant in Dyson force labour controversy”, published in Focus Malaysia on Feb 17.

Muthusamy is also seeking aggravated and exemplary damages and other relief deemed fit by the court.

He also wants an injunction to stop Hall or his agents from repeating and publishing the alleged defamatory statements.

Muthusamy also wants Hall to make an apology and write to the 40 email recipients to express regret for “sending the malicious and untrue case” should the court rule in his favour.

If he wins, he also wants Hall to publish in newspapers and other social media platforms that he was found liable for making false and malicious statements against him.

He wants similar reliefs from the second suit.

In the suits, Muthusamy said the alleged defamatory statements in the email and the Focus Malaysia report were false and without merit.

He said the words used were “sensational, scandalous, offensive and malicious to put him in a bad light”, and depicted him as “engaging in, inter alia, illegal and criminal activities”, and damaged his reputation locally and overseas.

Lawyer GK Sritharan told FMT the sealed copies of the court documents were sent to Hall’s lawyers yesterday


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