Director-actor-producer Datuk Yusof Haslam has broken his silence on his son Syamsul Yusof's recent marriage to actress Ira Kazar.
While he accepts the news, Yusof said he is disappointed that Syamsul didn't inform him on his decision to wed Ira.
The 69-year-old director added that the marital issue between Syamsul and first wife, Puteri Sarah Liyana, wouldn't have been blown out of proportion and become gossip fodder if both parties found a way around it from the start.
"As a father, I can't say much about the decision Syamsul has made. There are many paths in life... hopefully he chooses the right one," Yusof told mStar, The Star's Malay-language portal.
"I am just disappointed that he made a last minute decision to marry. If he had inform (about his intention) earlier on, perhaps his marriage problems wouldn't have spread on social media," Yusof added.
On Friday (Jan 6), Syamsul confirmed via Instagram that he has married 27-year-old Ira in Thailand with the actress' father present as guardian.
The 38-year-old Mat Kilau director also said that he is, legally, still the husband of Puteri Sarah, whom he married on March 8, 2014. In the video, Syamsul said that he hopes his first wife will come home so they can sort out their marital issues instead of turning it into a circus on social media.
Puteri Sarah has been vocal about their marriage problem on Instagram. In April 2022, she claimed via Insta-story that Ira has been trying to come between her and her husband since 2019.
Yusof said that he had no idea that Syamsul was getting hitched in Thailand as his son hasn't contacted the family.
"While the news is shocking, I wasn't too surprised as I have been hearing rumours of this," the Gerak Khas actor said.
However, Yusof has advice for his son moving forward. "I hope Syamsul will not neglect his responsibilities towards Sarah and his two children," he said.
Syamsul and Puteri Sarah share two children – Syaikhul Islam, six, and Summayyah, four.