Local singer Shila Amzah, who is also building an international career in China, has denied reports stating that her Malaysian concert was sponsored by the countryâ€™s largest gambling corporation.
In a press conference held in Mega Music World here today, a visibly upset Shila told reporters the â€œbaselessâ€ report has hurt her and her family who hold true to the teachings of Islam.
â€œThe slanderous statement has hurt my reputation as a Muslim and as someone who wears a headscarf.
â€œI am carrying Malaysiaâ€™s name everywhere I go and I did this sincerely without any expectation or financial support from anyone.â€
Shila said she made time to be in the country despite her busy schedule, to clear the tension caused by the news reports, especially the ones published by a local Malay daily.
â€œIt upsets me to see my mother crying, especially since she and my father have been so kind and so supportive of my career.
â€œIâ€™m sorry but I cannot forgive the reporters and the news agencies who have carelessly published a slanderous statement as facts. I think everyone who has a family will understand the pain the statement has caused my family.â€
The statement was published by a Malay daily following the uproar caused by Shilaâ€™s Instagram post which stated that the Malay newspapers are more interested in publishing stories about her personal life, rather than her career achievements.
The post was made through a fanâ€™s observation whereby more Chinese press had covered Shilaâ€™s concert than the Malay press.
To this Shila said the statement was not posted by her but was a repost of the opinions posted by one of her fans.
â€œWhen I read the post, I realise that it was just a question voiced out by a concerned fan. It was a question of which I too have wondered about and I felt that it makes sense, so I reposted it.
â€œI didnâ€™t think it was a big deal as many other artistes have reposted what their fans said about them and their career.â€
She said as someone who is younger, she can apologise if her action has upset some reporters, however, she felt that the writers were immature.
â€œThese reporters relied on the opinions of other local artistes who donâ€™t even know me. That is immature.
â€œIf you canâ€™t write something nice, you better not write anything about me at all.â€
Several local news agencies have claimed that they did not cover Shilaâ€™s concert as no invitation was forwarded to them.
The concert organisers who were also present at the press conference dismissed the claim and said they have e-mailed the invitations to all local media, including Berita Harian and Utusan Malaysia.
â€œA few days before the concert, we called each news agency to find out if they received our e-mail and to confirm their attendance.
â€œSo I do not know how they can say that they received no invitation from us,â€ said a spokesman for Mega Ultimate.-The Rakyat Post