Singer's suit over libellous articles dismissed

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Singer and actress Safura Ya'cob failed in her RM500,000 suit against dangdut singer Ifa Raziah Mustafa over two allegedly libellous articles published in an entertainment magazine implying that she was an ill-hearted and immoral person. 

High Court judge Justice Ramly Ali dismissed the suit with costs after ruling that Safura had failed to prove her claims. 

He said Safura did not at anytime contact Ifa (whose real name is Saripah Raziah Mustafa) nor did she contact the editor and the reporter of Majalah Media Hiburan to verify the contents of the two articles which were interviews given by Ifa to the magazine. 

“Safura only based her claims on the two articles without confirming with anyone, especially the maker of the two articles (the reporter), to justify her claims in her suit. 

“The two articles were the product of a journalist's creative skill in reporting.  

“The contents could have been different from what Ifa had said,'' said Justice Ramly. 

In her Nov 13 testimony, Ifa denied referring to Safura as the person responsible for her strange illness. 

She claimed that she only mentioned about her illness and was surprised how Safura's name came into the article. 

In her suit filed in 1999, Safura stated that Ifa had, in her first interview, said that her strange disease was caused by a fellow artiste. 

In a subsequent interview, Ifa had disclosed that she (Safura) was the artiste who had caused her to suffer the disease for half-a-month through the help of a bomoh. 

Safura said the statements in their ordinary meaning meant that she was immoral and malicious due to jealousy and spite.  

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