Rina Harun to Face Possible Bankruptcy Proceedings Tomorrow

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Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun’s case for possible bankruptcy proceedings over her alleged failure to pay a production company’s dues of RM1.9 million will be heard at the Kuala Lumpur High Court tomorrow.

The proceedings have been fixed for hearing before High Court deputy registrar Farah Suhaha Ramli at 9am.

News portal twentytwo13 had reported that Rina – who was one of the directors of now-defunct companies Eurofine (M) Sdn Bhd, Fine Mobile Network Sdn Bhd and Fine TV Network Sdn Bhd, had purchased several comedy shows and documentaries from Paris-based film production company Sarl Novovision between 2011 and 2013.

However, the companies were closed down between Dec 2013 and Aug 2015, respectively.

It was reported that Rina and another company director, Ida Rahayu Md Noor, had in May 2014 entered into a guarantee agreement with Sarl Novovision that they would personally and jointly undertake all liabilities of the companies.

The portal reported that Rina was served with a statement of claim for US$553,795 on Nov 8, 2018 while Ida Rahayu was declared bankrupt on Oct 5, 2015.

In April last year, a consent judgment was entered between both parties where the Titiwangsa Member of Parliament was required to pay 50 percent of the total amount by July 31, 2019.

The report claimed Rina failed to adhere to the judgment and was only able to pay RM550,000 in stages since Nov 15, 2019.

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Rina, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Women’s chief, also reportedly failed to attend the proceeding in November last year due to her ministerial duties.

Checks by the New Straits Times at the kehakiman.gov.my portal showed that Rina’s name is listed for case management proceedings at the KL High Court tomorrow.

The NST also contacted Sarl Novovision’s counsel Mark Ho, who confirmed that tomorrow has been fixed for the judgment debtor summons against Rina.

He was unable to confirm whether the minister would be attending the proceedings.

“I don’t know whether she will come to court or not for the proceedings.

“I cannot reveal further information about this matter pending the proceedings tomorrow, he said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, attempts to obtain comments from the minister’s representatives remain unsuccessful.

A judgment debtor summons is a summons issued by the court to be served on the judgment debtor to compel the person to appear in court to provide information about their assets and how they can be disposed of to settle the judgment debt. – NST