Friday, April 20, 2012
RM1.5mil payout: Actress threatens legal action
The actress accused of receiving RM1.5 million from an Umno minister with whom she is purported to be in an "intimate relationship" is threatening legal action against her accusers.
Asked about the matter by her fans on Twitter, Zahida Rafik denied the allegations and said her lawyers were on the case.
"I haven't been doing nothing about it. My lawyers are settling the matter right now actually! So let them, okay! Wait for the good news, okay!" she said on the microblogging site.
PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin (left) revealed last Wednesday that Zahida's driver, Noor Azman Azemi, had made a police report claiming that the actress received the payout over a span of four months.
Malaysiakini had previously withheld Zuraida's name pending her response to our questions and we also attempted to get a response from the said minister.
Speculation over the duo's relationship has been rife within the entertainment circle for several years now, although Zahida has always maintained that it is not true.
'Only God knows'
Responding coolly to numerous hostile tweets, the lead actress inAnak Mami the Movie said only God knows her real story and all others should not speculate.
"Excuse me, I work hard for the money. If you have no money, I can donate a bit. It's okay, Allah knows the truth... you are jealous...
"Haters will hate. I'm just going to smile because Allah and I know the truth," she said.
In the police report distributed to the press, the driver claims that the actress received RM58,000 last October, RM112,000 in November and RM330,000 in December, as well as RM510,000 in January this year.
Noor Azman also claimed that the minister had told him to keep tabs on "every movement" of the actress and that he had weekly assignations with the actress in Kuala Lumpur hotels.
At every meeting,the minister would hand over RM100,000 to RM200,000 and he would accompany the actress to credit it into her bank account in Menara Perkeso, Jalan Ampang, Noor Azman alleged.
Zahida, however, claims that driver had absconded with RM200,000 of her company's funds and lodged a police report on the matter last month.
Police are investigating Zahida's report under Section 406 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust.