The just 61 year old Malaysia’s legendary songbird Datuk Sharifah Aini has passed away of lung infection. For these couple of days to come you will be entertained by all her wonderful songs over the local radio and TV stations. You would also be regaled with the equally wonderful stories of her singing career and glowing tributes in recognition of her contributions to the Malaysia music industry. Probably the word “legacy” will be widely used by her fans.
Maybe you like to take a peek into the other side of Biduanita Negara Datuk Sharifah Aini. I am talking about her spate of controversies:
– unsettled bills with Concept Garments Sdn Bhd in 1983
– her lost libel suit against Malay tabloid Bacaria in 1994
– High court declared her bankrupt in 1988
– she alleged that a female singer had sent out “inappropriate” letters against her for being the “golden girl” of EMI Malaysia in 1999
– defamation charge where she accused of defaming pop icon Siti Nurhaliza in 2003,
– the alleged incident outside Sri Pentas in 2004,
– sending SMS to an entertainment journalist in 2004
– her conflict with composer S. Atan in 2009
– criticizing Saloma, botox rumor, run-in with journalists, and other unsavory diva tantrums.
In October 1983, Conceptual Garments Sdn Bhd boutique owner Raja Norshiba Raja Danif sued Malaysia’s First Lady Of Song over unsettled bill for garments sold to the singer. The following year, the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court ordered Sharifah Aini to pay Raja Norshiba RM2,909.
In 1985, she filed a suit against Karang Kraf Sdn Bhd for defamation over articles that appeared in Bacaria. She claimed they were “false and were published maliciously” and as a result had subjected her to ridicule and contempt. Then she obtained an injunction against the publisher from publishing alleged libel against her.
During the court hearing, a reporter testified that Sharifah’s mother called her an unpleasant Malay word. In the end, she lost the libel suit against Karang Kraf.
On Sept 12, 1988, the High Court declared Sharifah Aini a bankrupt over a debt of about RM104,002.83 owed to a construction company for renovation work to her bungalow in SS19, Subang Jaya. Then on Aug 15, 2002, this Malay pop sensation was discharged as a bankrupt by the High Court.
Oct 14 2004, Sharifah claimed that two thugs on a motorbike injected her with an unknown liquid when she was on her way to visit her relatives. She was left lying in a ditch opposite TV3’s headquarters.
The doctors did not find anything wrong and the police failed to find corroborating evidence of the alleged incident. They confirmed that the 15-minute footage from the close circuit television (CCTV) of the allegation did not reveal anything as she said. It only showed images of Sharifah’s Mercedes Benz suddenly pulling to a stop.
As reported in the Harian Metro (November 9, 2004), Selangor police chief Datuk Fauzi Shaari even suggested the ‘incident’ may have been a figment of Ms Sharifah’s imagination. Our beloved Malay diva was accused of fabricating the incident.
After the police reports came out, it was said that Sharifah stopped talking to the press.
As rumor had it that, at that time she was facing a defamation charge. Some said that she made up this nasty incident to gain sympathy and also to divert her shameful defamation charge. They said that she had “lost it” and was mentally ill.
Evergreen singer Datuk Sharifah Aini was charged in the Magistrate’s Court with defaming popular local singer Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin through e-mail. It was reported that the mail contained derogatory statements about Siti Nurhaliza to her adopted brother, on Aug 24, 2004.
Strangely, this unpleasant incident was reported in Bernama, but now the link has being removed and replaced by the latest news story of her passing. You can still the full story over at Yahoo.
Anyway, on January 23, 2006, twice-divorced Sharifah was freed of this defamation case.
In August 18, 2010 during the month of Ramadan, the two singing Datuks met up for a photography session in The Royale Chulan. Sharifah Aini told the press that both she and Siti were victims of circumstances.
In 2005, Cheras-born body language expert Jackson Yogarajah wrote a book titled “Breaking The Silence – 55 Reasons Why Sharifah Aini Was Not Lying“. According to the Jackson, he based on the Sharifah Aini’s TV interview right after the mysterious incident to prove that she was not lying. He said that he observed her physical movements, speech patterns and rhetorical style.
For those of you who want to read this book, you can get it for RM 15 at mudah.com.
In 2004, Sharifah Aini sued an entertainment journalist Ms Fauziah Mohd Johar, better known as Zieman, for allegedly telling another journalist that her concert at Istana Budaya was something like ‘pathetic and ended in fiasco’.
You can read her SMS to Zieman over here.
Besides Zieman, this popular Malay singer had problems with other journalists as well. In 2004, she lodged two reports against three journalists over their articles which she claimed were attempts to tarnish her reputation.’
In October 2008, the High Court has struck out the defamation suit.
This is about her misunderstanding with composer S. Atan.
Note: All these information are culled from various sources in the Internet. And many of the words are not properly used here due to certain reasons.