Malaysian actress and ex-aide in mediation process

Malaysian actress and ex-aide in mediation process

KUALA LUMPUR - Actress Hanez Suraya Abdul Aziz is in the process of settling a civil dispute with her former aide for allegedly defaming her in the social media.

The parties met Judge Zainal L. Salleh to try to resolve the dispute through mediation.

Speaking to reporters at the Jalan Duta court complex mediation centre here, her lawyer Harjit Singh said the judge had fixed April 8 for finalising the terms of the settlement, including a public apology.

Hanez Suraya told the media she had met her former personal assistant, Mohd Fairus Mohd Lazim, during the mediation process and "just asked for his cooperation to settle it (the civil suit)".

Counsel K. Rajasegaran appeared for the defendant.

In her suit, the 29-year-old actress claimed that Mohd Fairus had been spreading defamatory words by uploading tweets and photographs of her on Twitter and via Instagram.

Hanez Suraya claimed that certain words had implied that she was snobbish, materialistic, hypocritical and an immature actress.

In her statement of claim filed on Nov 1 last year, Hanez Suraya, who acted in the Love You Mr Arrogant drama aired on TV3, said Mohd Fairus, 29, started to work for her in July.

She claimed that she took Mohd Fairus on most of her work trips, whether in the country or abroad, with all expenses paid by her.

Hanez Suraya, who was an Aura White product ambassador, said the company told her in early September last year that she would go on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hong Kong the following month. Hanez Suraya felt that it would be proper for her to bring her make-up artist instead of the defendant.

She claimed that upon returning from a trip to Jakarta in September, the defendant began coming late for work and instigating her so that she would not become close to her friends.

Following that, she said, the defendant had bad-mouthed her and uploaded her photographs on Twitter and Instagram.

She is seeking damages and an injunction to prevent the defendant from repeating the libel.

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