KUALA LUMPUR, February 10 – Public Performance Malaysia (PPM) announced today that it is taking legal action against Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia (Karyawan) and its chairman Datuk Freddie Fernandez, allegedly for making defamatory statements against it.
PPM chairman Rosmin Hashim said the group filed a statement on Karyawan and Fernandez on Jan.12.
“It is extremely disappointing that Karyawan and Freddie Fernandez have repeatedly and deliberately made and caused the publication of a series of facts, articles and / or false statements, knowing that these statements are false and likely to tarnish the reputation. of PPM as an authorized licensing body for its record label members.
“It is unfortunate that despite PPM’s efforts to set the record straight through counter-press statements, Fernandez and Karyawan have persisted in defaming PPM, leaving us with no choice but to sue for defamation.” Rosmin said in a statement.
Rosmin was referring to the print and internet statements made by Karyawan and his chairman about PPM on October 3, 6 and 26.
He added that the allegedly defamatory statements persisted despite PPM’s attempt to correct the alleged misinformation and demand for a public apology from Karyawan and Fernandez, as stated in a letter of complaint dated November 12, 2020.
“The statements by Karyawan and Freddie disrupted our licensing activities, which made it more difficult for us to collect license fees for our members,” Rosmin added.
Karyawan and Fernandez did not respond to requests.
Rosmin said he filed a police report against Karyawan and Fernandez for criminal defamation.
A complaint was also filed with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, accusing Karyawan and Fernandez of knowingly abusing the Internet to create and transmit false comments and communications with the intention of harassing PPM.