In a more recent update on the beef between Awal Ashaari and Naz Carpenty, it’s been revealed that two entrepreneurs have been caught spreading defamatory remarks to the local interior design firm.
The two individuals are identified as Nawal Yasmin Mat Noh and Muhammad Hilmi Zulkifli. Both of them are business partners from SomethingBorrowed by Nawal Enterprise.
The duo took to the Instagram page @houseofsix.my to apologise to Naz Carpentry in relation to the company’s ongoing defamation suit case against the local celebrity. Both the 2nd (Nawal Yasmin) and 3rd defendants (Muhammad Hilmi) in the case made the apology as part of the agreement for the settlement of the suit.
“In regards to the post we uploaded on Instagram about Naz Carpentry, We were understood that there is a dispute between Awal Ashaari and Naz Carpentry, which as a 3rd party, we shouldn’t be involved in the argument or misunderstanding. Therefore, our statement regarding Naz Carpentry was false and was made based on hearsays without a motion of inquiry,” the statement reads.
They added, “We hereby openly apologise over the previous statement and also regret our actions in uploading the evidence against Naz Carpentry without any prior checking. We also would like to clarify that the statement was made on our own fault, and we’d like to retract our statement and make an undertaking not to make any statements against the company, as well as to be more cautious in providing any evidence against any parties in the future.”
Naz Carpentry Crisis Manager, Saiful Ridzuan, said both parties agreed to settle the defamation suit case without going through the court process. Earlier on 13th November, the local company filed a lawsuit seeking RM3 million in damages from Awal (in addition to the 2 aforementioned individuals) for posting defamatory statements on social media, which tarnished the reputation of the company.
The plaintiff claimed that the “Impak Maksima” actor came up with various defaming remarks starting from November 2019 up to November 2020 on his Instagram and also his joint YouTube account with his partner, Scha Alyahya. Not only that, Nawal Yasmin and Muhammad Hilmi have also reposted one of the statements made by Awal on @houseofsix.my’s IG Story account, which has 6k followers online.
Naz Carpentry claimed they had been humiliated, and the image, reputation and brand of their business had also been damaged. They also suffered losses as customers and social media users believed the published statements, further implying that the plaintiff was an irresponsible, unethical and unreliable company.
Meanwhile, Naz Carpentry’s lawyer, Wan Azmir Wan Majid stated that the defamation made through the character assassination campaign and cyber bullying had impacted his client’s business reputation and market value negatively. “My client had already accepted the two defendants’ apologies, and now the brand has been restored,” the legal rep revealed in a statement shared to the press.
“With these apologies, it’s clear that what has been shared by the 2nd and 3rd defendants is slander and false news. I also would like to advise those who have nothing to do with this to not intervene in the matter. Do not over speculate things as this defamation case against the 1st defendant (Awal) is still ongoing,” Wan Azmir continued.
Still, the amount of compensation agreed by both parties was not revealed specifically to the public.