Siti Aishah has not remarried, says father

  • Letters
  • Thursday, 02 Jan 2003

RUMOURS that Tengku Siti Aishah, the former Raja Permaisuri Agong, has remarried is false, said her father. 

In a statement to Utusan Malaysia, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohd Yatim said the Tengku Permaisuri had neither remarried nor is planning to do so in the near future. 

According to the paper, there were rumours that Tengku Siti Aishah had recently married the son of a former top official in the civil service. The wedding reception was said to have been held overseas. 

Abdul Rahman was also reported to have denied allegations that she is now furthering her studies overseas. 

He said the allegations were merely rumours and his daughter had been leading a normal life since the death of the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah on Nov 21, 2001. 

Berita Harian, in an article, touched on the recent Syariah High Court decision to ban the media from reporting on the khalwat case involving the second wife of Tun Ghafar Baba, Toh Puan Heryati Abdul Rahim, and three Bosnian students. 

Lawyer Hasnal Rezua Merican was quoted as saying that the court should have considered the matter thoroughly before issuing the ban. 

Syariah judge Abu Bakar Ahmad banned the media from airing or reporting on the proceedings, including the profile of those involved. 

The ban was issued following an application from Syariah lawyer Daud Darus, who was representing Heryati and also the three Bosnians – Admir Melinovic, 23; Izudin Mulalic, 27; and Mirza Trako, 25. 

However, the court held an open proceeding and the media was allowed to attend it. All four accused pleaded guilty and were released with a warning. 

Before this, a similar application was made by Senaling state assemblyman, Ismail Lasim, 42, who had pleaded for the court to ban the media from reporting on his divorce proceedings, the paper wrote. 

The Syariah High Court in Seremban, however, denied the application saying that the court does not give special treatment to anyone. 

The paper also reported Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association President Zaitun Datuk Othman defending Abu Bakar’s move, saying Syariah judges have the same power as other judges and they could issue such an order if they deemed it necessary.  

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