Travel agency seeks to include Azmin’s children in suit over unpaid bills

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.

PETALING JAYA: The travel agency which sued Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali over RM300,000 in unpaid travel bills is seeking to include his four children as parties in the suit.

Lawyer Adam Yap, representing YHA Travel & Tours, said the application to amend the lawsuit would be filed by this week.

Sessions Court judge Norakhmar Mohd Sani set Jan 23 for hearing pending the company’s application.

Azmin had filed a defence statement in court on Dec 13, denying liability for the travel bills of his four children, Farah Afifah, Farah Amira, Farah Shazliyana and Mohamed Ameer Shazrin.

He said his four children, who are all adults, were willing to settle the amount owed to YHA Travel & Tours.

However, he acknowledged liability for the bills owed under his account as well as those of two other underage children.

YHA Travel & Tours sued Azmin last month, accusing him of failing to pay RM328,901 in travel bills for himself and his family despite repeated requests.

Azmin filed a counter-claim, saying the agency’s owners were involved in a conspiracy against him regarding the gay-sex video controversy earlier this year.

He alleged that the owners, who are a married couple, enjoy a close relationship with PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and that their son, Mohd Haziq Hassan and Anwar’s aide, Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, were previously arrested by the police for investigations into criminal conspiracy in the distribution of the clips.