KUALA LUMPUR - A former driver to actress Zahida Mohamed Rafik (Zahida Rafik) filed a defamation suit against her in relation to a RM200,000 (S$77,000) theft allegation.
Noor Azman Azemi, 39, filed the suit at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Registry yesterday through his counsel, Latheefa Koya.
According to the statement of claim, the 38-year-old actress' defamatory words were published in in a Harian Metro article on March 3 last year.
In the article titled "Zahida Rafik Terkedu", she claimed to have lost the money after having asked Azman to deposit it into her bank account.
Azman claimed the words implied he was a thief, unworthy of trust and of immoral character, among others.
He claimed his reputation had suffered to such an extent that it jeopardised his chances of gaining employment and that he remained jobless despite the various job interviews he attended.
He also claimed the words caused the police to constantly question him and even led to him being remanded for four days to facilitate investigations.
According to the Harian Metro article, police investigated the report under Section 406 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust.
The plaintiff is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages.
He is also seeking an injunction preventing the defendant from repeating or causing the defamatory words be published in the media and online.
Zahida has appeared in the film Anak Mami The Movie.
Present at the filing of the suit was the plaintiff's aunt, Tengku Intan Tengku Abdul Hamid, 47, popularly known as singer Dayangku Intan.