Businessman seeks to settle suit over luxury car involving controversial actress

Businessman seeks to settle suit over luxury car involving controversial actress

KUALA LUMPUR- A businessman is negotiating a settlement with the Government and two others in a negligence and fraud suit over a luxury car lent to a controversial actress.

Federal Counsel Nur Aqilah Ishak, who appeared for the Government, Transport Ministry and Selangor Road Transport department (JPJ) director named as defendants, said they had received a proposal from the businessman over a possible settlement.

"We are still negotiating for a possible settlement," she told reporters here after the parties met High Court judge Justice Hue Siew Kheng in chambers on Wednesday.

Businessman Kevin Shah Kadar Shah, 33, sued controversial actress Zarina Anjoulie Lavocah Mohd Fahizul (pic) and five others for damages over the car.

FC Nur Aqilah said Zarina had yet to make an appearance to defend her case.

She said the judge has set four days from July 1 for trial if the trio could not reach the settlement in the civil dispute.

Kevin's lawyer J. Jeev Anand confirmed over the hearing date.

In the statement of claim, Kevin Shah had named the Selangor JPJ director, Transport Ministry, Malaysian Government, Zarina, despatch clerk Salleh Idris and Public Islamic Bank Bhd as defendants.

In his suit filed on Nov 12 last year, Kevin said that his father, deceased Kadar Shah Sulaiman had bought a used car - BMW 3201 Limousine RHD - and registered it under his (Kadar) name.

He said that his businessman father had obtained a facility from the bank and signed an agreement with it to finance the purchase of the car.

He said his father had borrowed his car to Zarina - who was Kadar's friend - for her daily use.

He said his father had passed away on Nov 19, 2011 but Zarina, who had acted in television dramas such as Anak Pontianak, as well as in films such as Ular and Khon Malay, did not take any initiative to return the car to his family.

However, he claimed that the car was repossessed by the bank later, although he had settled its outstanding payments.

He claimed his father had never issue a letter dated Feb 28, 2011 to the bank and/or his signature on the letter had been forged by Salleh or Zarina or any parties without his consent.

In the statement of defence, the Selangor JPJ director, ministry and the Government contended that they have no have links to any allegations with regard to the car.

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