The Defamation Act does not define the word “defamation”. Instead, the definition of “defamation” is to be found in Malaysian case law and the English common law. By virtue of section 3 of the Civil Law Act 1956, the common law of England as at 7 April 1956 in relation to defamation is applicable in Malaysia.
Defamation is a statement that injures a third party’s reputation. The tort of defamation includes both libel (written statements) and slander (spoken statements).
- Litigation involving libelous and/or slanderous material
- Obtaining injunctions to prevent further publication of defamatory material
- Negotiating a settlement for a defamation claim in relation to an allegedly defamatory article published in a magazine
- Defending client against defamation claim for republishing allegedly defamatory material contained in a newspaper
- Defending client against defamation claim for complaints made in relation to business practices of the Plaintiff to the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Defendants’ Consumerism