Not wanting to prolong the controversy surrounding his son, Syamsul Yusof suddenly taking a second wife, that’s been circulating in the media all of January, Datuk Yusof Haslam says he’d rather not talk about the matter from now on.
This is because the 68-year-old famed producer-director says his wife, Datin Patimah Ismail, is still upset over Syamsul’s announcement via social media on Jan 6 that he had married Ira Kazar.
Hence, when mStar – The Star’s Malay-language portal – met with him on Monday (Jan 30) during the premiere of the film Harum Malam, Yusof didn’t want to confirm on the rumour that Syamsul’s new wife may be pregnant.
“Whether she is pregnant or not, I do not know. I do not want to comment,” he told mStar.
"I do not want to say anything further about Syamsul. Enough already. I need to think about the feelings of many (people in my life). My wife is still sad about the whole thing.
“She had already told me not to say too much on this matter because she knows reporters will be after me today (Monday).”
At the same time, he said that he also understands that as someone who is in the public eye, he can’t totally avoid the media either.
“I have to respect the work of reporters as well, and if I am asked, I know I have to answer the questions the best I can,” he said.
However, when questioned whether Syamsul had returned home and met with his parents, Yusof pretty much clammed up.
“I don’t want to say whether Syamsul came home or not,” said Yusof.
“I always pray for the well-being of Syamsul, Puteri Sarah and my two grandchildren.
“I know that Syamsul is under pressure right now. I still love him. Even though I might have sounded harsh previously, but those are just words. In my heart, there's still love.
“What will happen in the future, I leave it to God,” he concluded.
Since Syamsul’s announcement that he had gotten married to Ira in Thailand, Syamsul and his first wife – Puteri Sarah – had given their respective versions of some of the issues surrounding their marriage via Instagram.
Meanwhile, in previous interviews, Yusof had said that he was disappointed that Syamsul didn't inform him about his second marriage.
Likewise, Patimah had hinted that she's on Puteri Sarah's side when the latter filed the application for divorce from Syamsul at the Syariah Court in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 16.