BY IZATUN SHARI
PETALING JAYA: E-mails deriding pop queen Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin have reached as far as Taiwan, besides circulating in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
The singerâ€™s brother Saiful Bahri said a government official in Taipei alerted Siti Nurhaliza about the e-mails when she was performing there recently.
â€œWe do not want to create trouble for others but it has gone to a level that challenges our familyâ€™s dignity.
â€œThis is close to killing her career,â€ said Saiful Bahri, who is also co-managing director of Siti Nurhaliza Productions (SNP), the company that manages the singer.
He said she would lodge a police report before she leaves for her concert in Indonesia soon.
â€œSiti Nurhaliza is very sad and could not believe that someone would run down another Malaysian,â€ he said, commenting on reports that the artiste had become a victim of slanderous e-mails which claimed that she did not possess a clean image as portrayed by the media.
The authors of the e-mails, purportedly called â€œAsmah and the Gang,â€ claimed they were Astro staff.
Siti Nurhaliza said she received two such e-mails prior to her concert at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil recently and another one last week.
â€œWe have to act as it challenged Siti Nurhalizaâ€™s dignity,â€ said Saiful Bahri, adding that the move to lodge a police report was also aimed at curbing the culture of spreading lies through e-mails.
SNP has engaged lawyers to handle the matter.
Karyawan chairman Zainal Abidin Omar said the prime suspect was someone from the industry, adding that the trend of using e-mails to spread rumours about an individualâ€™s personal life should be stopped.
â€œIt is all right to criticise oneâ€™s performance but not her personal life.â€
â€œLet the police track down the culprits,â€ he said, adding that he brought the matter to Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Noh Omar’s attention on Tuesday.