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Shila Amzah Sues Kosmo! For Defamation: Has Malay Media Gone Out Of Control?
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Shila Amzah Sues Kosmo! For Defamation: Has Malay Media Gone Out Of Control?

by The Daily SeniDecember 9, 2015

Popular singer NurShahila binti Amir Amzah (known throughout the region as Shila Amzah) earlier in the year filed a suit against a Kosmo! writer and two other individuals connected to the publishing of an article from 17 September 2014. Shila was due to provide her statement in court earlier this week.

The news, which has yet to reach mainstream English-language media, was first reported in Bernama. In the lawsuit, Kosmo! writer Maliah Surip along with its editor and publisher (controversial newspaper Utusan Melayu, known for sensationalised, strongly-worded headlines) are being sued for defamation.

The 17 September 2014 article in question accused Shila Amzah of receiving sponsorship from a lottery company and for disregarding Malay media. The writer also likened her publication to “beggars” in asking for tickets after discovering Kosmo! wasn’t invited to the showcase.

Untuk pengetahuan Shila (atau anda buat-buat tidak tahu), pihak media Melayu tidak dijemput oleh pihak penganjur iaitu Mega Ultimate Sdn. Bhd. dengan kerjasama Shila Amzah Entertainment Bhd..

Kosmo! menerima undangan liputan konsert tersebut pada saat akhir selepas meminta kebenaran daripada pihak penganjur untuk membuat liputan konsert tersebut. Itupun selepas meminta seperti pengemis, demi berasa bangga dengan pencapaian Shila Amzah.

Sebenarnya, kami memahami faktor mengapa media Melayu barangkali tidak dijemput kerana difahamkan ia mendapat tajaan daripada syarikat judi nombor satu negara yang memahami syarat bahawa media Melayu perlu ditapis sensitivitinya.

Jadi mengapa tidak Shila pandang positif tentang ketidakhadiran media Melayu membuat liputan konsert tersebut?

Shila atau peminat yang di belakang Shila perlu faham beberapa konteks tentang menerima jemputan undangan, melaporkan berita atau membuat gosip.

Sebagai seorang artis yang bergiat dalam bidang seni bermula dari zaman kanak-kanak, daripada bukan sesiapa kepada Shila yang hari ini telah terbang tinggi hingga ke luar negara, Shila sepatutnya sudah masak dengan dunia hiburan.

Sudah berusia 24 tahun dan mempunyai pengalaman yang cukup luas dalam bidang ini, seharusnya sikap Shila perlu jauh lebih matang daripada semua rakan sebaya.

Bukan melulu dan membogelkan sikap tidak matang, tidak cerdik dan mahu diri disokong pada pihak yang benar, sedang hakikatnya tidak mengetahui punca sebenar.

Shila, ingat, jangan ‘terbang terlalu tinggi’ sehingga apabila anda jatuh, ia berkecai, tidak ada satu pun yang boleh dicantum lagi.

Seperti mana bangganya anda terhadap bangsa atau media Cina berhubung pencapaian anda, begitu juga media Melayu yang tidak pernah putus-putus menyokong anda selama ini.

Gosip itu lumrah. Itu bayaran menjadi orang terkenal, namun jangan sampai memperlekeh sesama kita, sesama bangsa dan lapangan tempat anda mencari rezeki. Semoga anda menjadi Melayu yang tidak mudah lupa.

— Maliah Surip, Kosmo! (17 September 2014)

Bernama also reports that Kosmo! used information from Instagram account Shilaamzah_photography to represent the singer without verifying if Shila did own the account. In December last year, Shila began hinting of a retaliation through Instagram.

Amin.. #Repost @zie_lala with @repostapp.
・・・
Doakan kami. Semoga Allah permudahkan segala urusan..Amin Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin. ‘ Ingat Fitnah, ingat Balasannya ‘ @ndlala Good luck @shahilaamzah @amirshafiq_anis @syahiramzah @syadaamzahh @ainishuhaidah @syggfo #FromBeijing

— Shila Amzah

When Kosmo!’s article was published last year, gossip blogs with big audiences such as Rotikaya hopped onto the bandwagon and slammed Shila over Kosmo!’s claims. Most of them adopted a righteous stance despite the nature of their publications.

Apa sudah jadi? Oh Shila sebelum anda dan peminat semakin terjerumus arus benci media tanahair. Diharapkan Shila dapat memperbetulkan keadaan sebelum ianya terlambat.

Media Malaya (17 September 2014)

Local Malay-language gossip blogs have been thriving since web-building became accessible to the mainstream (for example, pages like Siakapkeli and Beautifulnara boasts millions of readers each month despite relatively basic design elements). They mostly carry content ranging from gossip to news and advertorials without much consideration for ethics.

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A quick search on “tudung” on Rotikaya reveals a slew of results.

Popular website Rotikaya for example has shown a consistent preference for celebrity relationships and scandals as evident from its selection of headlines, but often crosses into religious territory by advocating the use of hijabs — a trait shared by most Malaysian gossip blogs.

In November alone there were five stories on the site about celebrities advocating or refusing to wear the hijab.

Locally however gossip blogs have been reputed as providing an avenue for publicity and promotion for local artistes despite their morally-dubious nature.


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