The Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun has recently settled her million-ringgit debt owed to a Paris-based film production company earlier this year.
However, she is now being sued by a former “good friend” for failing to repay her debt which is said to be borrowed over 12 years ago.
According to The Vibes, plaintiff Ida Rahayu Md Noor is demanding RM130,000 cash, a 5% interest on the amount for every year the sum is not settled, legal cost, and any further relief deemed appropriate by the court.
Ida Rahayu had filed a statement of claim at the Shah Alam Sessions Court on 30 August, claiming that in May 2009, the Minister had sought a personal loan amounting to RM130,000 as part of her advance payment to purchase a JM Bariani House Alamanda business franchise from Secret Heritage Sdn Bhd.
The outlet is addressed at Alamanda Putrajaya Shopping Centre.
Both of them were said to be good friends at the time and they had signed an agreement on 26 May 2009, and it includes several terms and conditions on the repayment method.
Among the terms were that Rina is to repay RM1,000 a month for 130 months beginning March 2010, with the final repayment to be completed on 1 October this year.
However, in 2011, Rina had requested Ida Rahayu to postpone the repayment to a future date on the excuse that her business was making losses and the state of claims also mentioned that the business ceased operation between 2011 and 2012.
Following which, Ida Rahayu had agreed for the postponement of repayment, with both parties agreeing that the loan has to be repaid as soon as the plaintiff makes a written demand.
The claimant also noted that in the original loan agreement, it is stated that Ida Rahayu is entitled to demand immediate repayment if the defendant has breached any of the terms or if no repayment has been made.
It is said that Ida Rahayu had served a demand notice to Rina, requesting her to settle her debt, but the Minister had denied the loan repayment demands made by the Ida Rahayu.
As Rina had failed to meet her obligations, Ida Rahayu is now claiming for her losses and is demanding the debt be settled.
Previously, Rina was served a bankruptcy notice for debts amounting to RM1,340,642.02 owed to a Paris-based film and television programme production company, Sarl Novovision.
In February this year, a lawyer representing the firm claims Rina has settled her debt. Following which, she had to face a raising questions of corruption, with several parties demanded answers as to how she was able to repay such a huge amount in such a short period of time.
Last month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the graft case involving Rina has been closed after investigations found no wrongdoing on her part, and considers the matter resolved.
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