It appears that parties in the bankruptcy proceedings involving Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun have reached an agreement to settle the matter.
Rina’s counsel Husain Mohd Razak said the issue could be settled as soon as possible.
He said this to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex after the debtor summons involving Rina and production company Sarl Novovision was heard before deputy registrar Farah Shuhada Ramli at the High Court today.
Husain said his client was unable to attend the proceeding before due to personal matters.
“Unfortunately, my client has an emergency which could not be avoided.
“Thus, the court has fixed Oct 22 for another case management and Insyallah (God willing) my client will attend it,” he said when met after the proceedings.
Meanwhile, counsel Mark Ho who represented French-based Sarl Novovision said the minister has proposed new settlement terms with his client.
“The minister couldn’t attend today because she indicated to court her bodyguard had passed away and Parliament is in session.
“The minister has also proposed settlement terms which I am not at liberty to say but I have been handed cheques as instalment payments and on that basis, the court granted another date on October 22 for the judgment debtor summons,” he told reporters.
According to court documents, a statement of claim against Rina was filed on November 8, 2018, for US$553,795 (RM2.3 million) by Sarl Novovision and that the full amount must be paid by July 31, 2019.
The claim was for several films, comedy shows and documentaries within the comedy genre to three companies of which Rina was director. The now-defunct companies are Eurofine (M) Sdn Bhd, Fine Mobile Network Sdn Bhd and Fine TV Network Sdn Bhd
The documents also stated that an interest rate of five percent per annum was imposed from the date of the statement of claim.
Rina, who is also Titiwangsa MP, could be disqualified from holding the office of a Member of Parliament if she is declared bankrupt.