Sharifah Aini Controversies And Scandals Which Many Malaysians Might Not Know

Last Updated August 20th, 2017

There are many Sharifah Aini controversies and scandals which many  Malaysians might have never read or heard about.

On the early morning of July 5th 2014, the just 61 year old Malaysia’s legendary songbird Datuk Sharifah Aini passed away of a lung infection at Damansara Specialist Hospital.

Sharifah Aini Songs

For those couple of days, her fans were continuously entertained by Sharifah Aini songs over the local radio and TV stations.

Besides being entertained by all her wonderful tunes, her devoted fans were also regaled with the equally wonderful stories of her singing career and glowing tributes in recognition of her contributions to the Malaysia music industry.

The word “legacy” was widely used by her many fans all over Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore.

Sharifah Aini controversies and scandalsSharifah Aini Controversies And Scandals

I know many of you may like to take a peek into the other side of Biduanita Negara Datuk Sharifah Aini.

I am talking about her spate of controversies and scandals:

– unsettled bills with Concept Garments Sdn Bhd in 1983

–  her lost libel suit against Malay tabloid Bacaria in 1994

– High court declared her bankrupt in 1988

– she alleged that a female singer had sent out “inappropriate” letters against her for being the “golden girl” of EMI Malaysia in 1999

– defamation charge where she accused of defaming pop icon Siti Nurhaliza in 2003

– the alleged incident outside Sri Pentas in 2004,

– sending SMS to an  entertainment journalist in 2004

– her conflict with composer S. Atan in 2009

– criticizing Saloma, botox rumor, run-in with journalists, and other unsavory diva tantrums.

Sharifah Aini plastic surgery and Botox

In October 1983, Conceptual Garments Sdn Bhd boutique owner Raja Norshiba Raja Danif sued Malaysia’s First Lady Of Song over unsettled bill for garments sold to the singer.

Sharifah Aini ordered to pay designer Raja NorshibaThe following year, the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court ordered Sharifah Aini or fondly known as Kak Pah to pay Raja Norshiba RM2,909.

In 1985, she filed a suit against Karang Kraf Sdn Bhd for defamation over articles that appeared in Bacaria (a defunct twice-a-week papers).

The veteran songstress claimed they were “false and were published maliciously” and as a result had subjected her to ridicule and contempt.

Then she obtained an injunction against the publisher from publishing alleged libel against her.

Sharifah Aini controversies and scandalsDuring the court hearing, a reporter testified that Sharifah’s mother called her daughter a whore.

In the end, she lost the libel suit against Karang Kraf.

On Sept 12, 1988, the High Court declared Sharifah Aini a bankrupt over a debt of about RM104,002.83 owed to a construction company for renovation work to her bungalow in SS19, Subang Jaya.

Sharifah Aini bankrupt scandalApril 27, 1993, Sharifah Aini’s mother Sharifah Noor Syed Ahmad told the High Court that her daughter picked up a knife to stab her following a quarrel in 1978.

Sharifah Noor said she regarded the singer as a disobedient and ungrateful daughter.

She revealed that the incident happened after she scolded Sharifah Aini because many people had came to collect debts while she was away.

Sharifah Noor was testifying at the hearing of the suit brought by her daughter against Karang Kraf.

Then on Aug 15, 2002, this Malay pop sensation was discharged as a bankrupt by the High Court.

Oct 14, 2004, Sharifah claimed that two thugs on a motorbike injected her with an unknown liquid  when she was on her way to visit her relatives.

She was left lying in a ditch opposite TV3’s headquarters.

The doctors did not find anything wrong and the police failed to find corroborating evidence of the alleged incident.

They confirmed that the 15-minute footage from the close circuit television (CCTV) of the allegation did not reveal anything as she said.

It only showed images of Datuk Sharifah’s Mercedes Benz suddenly pulling to a stop.

As reported in the Harian Metro (November 9, 2004), Selangor police chief Datuk Fauzi Shaari even suggested the ‘incident’ may have been a figment of Ms Sharifah’s imagination.

Our beloved Malay diva was accused of fabricating the incident.

After the police reports came out, it was said that Sharifah stopped talking to the press.

As rumor had it that, at that time she was facing a defamation charge.

Some said that she made up this nasty incident to gain sympathy and also to divert her shameful defamation charge.

They said that she had “lost it” and was mentally ill.

Evergreen singer Datuk Sharifah Aini was charged in the Magistrate’s Court with defaming popular local singer Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin through e-mail.

It was reported that the mail contained derogatory statements about Siti Nurhaliza to her adopted brother, on Aug 24, 2004.

Strangely, this unpleasant incident was reported in Bernama, but now the link has being removed and replaced by the latest news story of her passing.

You can still the full story over at Yahoo.

On December 1st, 2004, Datuk Sharifah Aini pleaded not guilty.

Interestingly, her lawyer is no other than the controversial lawyer Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Lawyer Mohammad Shaafe Abdullah defended Sharifah Aini

Yes, the very same lawyer Shafee whose name is also linked to the notorious 1MDB scandal and Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges in 2014.

Anyway, on January 23, 2006, twice-divorced Sharifah was freed of this defamation case.

In August 18,  2010 during the month of Ramadan, the two singing Datuks met up for a photography session  in The Royale Chulan Hotel.

Sharifah Aini and Siti Nurhaliza

Sharifah Aini told the press that both she and Siti were victims of circumstances.

Sharifah Aini BookIn  2005, Cheras-born body language expert Jackson Yogarajah wrote a book titled “Breaking The Silence – 55 Reasons Why Sharifah Aini Was Not Lying“.

According to the Jackson, he based on the Sharifah Aini’s TV interview right after the mysterious incident to prove that she was not lying.

He said that he observed her physical movements, speech patterns and rhetorical style.

In 2004, Sharifah Aini sued an entertainment journalist Ms Fauziah Mohd Johar, better known as Zieman, for allegedly telling another journalist that her concert at Istana Budaya was something like ‘pathetic and ended in fiasco’.

Sharifah Aini controversies and scandalsYou can read her SMS to Zieman over at:

Note: Sorry, the site has been removed.

On October 29, 2008, the High Court struck out Sharifah Aini’s defamation suit.

Besides Zieman, this popular Malay singer had problems with other journalists as well.

In 2004, she filed the suit against Utusan, the then group editor-in-chief Datuk Khalid Mohamad and entertainment reporter Ku Seman Ku Hussain over an article in Mingguan Malaysia dated March 31, 2004.

The late singer claimed that the defendants had falsely and maliciously published in the newspaper’s ‘Cubit Manja’ section an article titled ‘SMS dan umang-umang’ which defamed her and tarnished her reputation.

Then in December 7, 2009, this demise Malay superstar withdrew the suit.

In October 2008, the High Court has struck out this defamation suit.

The video below is about her misunderstanding with composer S. Atan.

Click on the image below to play the video.

To view it in the full screen mode, click on the box next to the word “YouTube“, when the video starts to play.



On the day of her funeral at Bukit Kiara Muslim burial ground, Sharifah’s son Aliff Omar Ali sought for forgiveness on behalf of his mother.

Here is one rude incident witnessed by a blogger. Sharifah Aini threw her tantrum while performing at Istana Budaya in 2003.

According to a blogger, a friend of her went for umrah with Sharifah Aini.

Her friend said when Sharifah Aini was in Mekah, she could not even complete her umrah.

Aini could not even wake up from her room. She did not complete her umrah.[source]

Note: All the information is culled from various sources in the Internet.