24th May 2016 marked the end of our long legal tussle with Lynas. The Appeal Court in Putrajaya dismissed with costs Lynas' appeal on a point of law whether the High Court Registrar has the legal authority to determine the quantum of taxation.
The taxation issue arose out of the defamation suit being dropped by Lynas against SMSL, me and 4 others in 2013. Since then our legal counsels had been busy sorting out documents and items on which we can claim expenses in regards to the case.
Before this Lynas offered to compensate us with RM3,000.00 for all the troubles they caused in instituting the defamation suit!
Though we spent hundred of thousands in getting experts from both local and overseas institutions in preparation of our defence, the court ruled that not all were admissible. In the end we were awarded a total of RM 80,505.10 for all claims inclusive of preparation of legal documents.
There is a lesson to be learnt here: Corporations will resort to any means money can employ to harass any party that raised a legitimate protest against their clandestine activities that might have a serious negative impact on the environment.
As can be seen, an e-portal which was sued together with us had no financial means to defend itself had decided to comply with Lynas' demand for an open apology.
We stood firm and were ready to wade through the challenges to prove ourselves. This had the effect of rattling them in their consideration of the possible negative perception of their corporation image internationally ! Thus the defamation suit was dropped!
Sometimes one has to stand firm to allow truth to prevail and this is one incident where we did!