Rocky arrived at Wisma Denmark, Kuala Lumpur, a little after 9am yesterday (Thursday, Jan 25) for his court case. He was accompanied by his eldest brother, Ismail, and friend, Stephen Francis.
My sister Maria and I took the LRT from the Bangsar Station to the Dang Wangi stop and reached Wisma Denmark at about 9.40am.
As we were walking towards the building, we could spot Rocky from among the small crowd of well wishers, friends and reporters that had already gathered in the open foyer.
He was his usual self -- cool and composed. Smiling and acknowledging waves from people.
His case was scheduled to be heard in chambers at about 10am on the 10th floor of the building. Among those who were there to give Rocky moral support were A Kadir Jasin, Jeff Ooi (against whom NSTP and three individuals have also filed a defamation suit), Syed Imran, Ahmad A Talib, Salahuddin, Bernard Khoo and Tony Gayandato.
This was the outcome - (from Rocky's Bru latest post):
"1. Today was set for hearing of the injunction against me.
2. My lawyers filed an application to strike out the suit yesterday.
3. On the request of both parties, the Court set 22 February (230pm) to hear the
striking out application. It is to be heard before the injunction
application which is also set for mention on the same day.
For clarity, there is no injunction order against me.
4. Further, the lawyers for the Plaintiffs this morning raised the issue of comments by readers made on this blog in respect of my postings of 18 and 24 January which may be seen as prejudicing the case. My lawyers asked for time to look at the said comments.
The Court set 29 January (900am) for both parties to inform the Judge of my position."
My take on this : Here is a credible and responsible blogger who is being sued for defamation. Rocky is among Malaysia's most influential socio-political bloggers who have set an admirable standard in blogging.
What is the hope then for Malaysia's blogging community?
We want to promote responsible blogging. Right. Here we have one. A model blogger. A gentleman blogger who does not hide behind the cloak of anonymity, who does not use profanities to criticise his subjects. And who does not encourage the use of profanities among his commentors.
If I felt that Rocky had defamed me, I would sort it out with him. Going to court would certainly not be my first or only option.
So, you start asking why Rocky? Why Jeff?
But, you know. The answer is crystal clear.
My friends, Good Night and Good Luck!