Feb 1, 2011: After the settlement that ended our 5-year court battle yesterday, the plaintiffs in Rocky's Bru vs Kalimullah + 3 issued a press statement through Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan, one of the plaintiffs.
This press statement, which was quoted extensively by The Star in its report Rocky rues allegation, was not part of the settlement the parties mutually agreed upon in front of the High Court Judge in Kuala Lumpur yesterday morning, but I'm not belabouring this point.
However, for the sake of accuracy, I must clarify that the settlement mutually reached yesterday between the plaintiffs and I, the defendant, has no relations with, and should not be seen as part of, the "apologies" that Kalimullah said he had received through court settlements in the last 12 months.
The Star also reported, quoting Kalimullah: “We accept the apology by Ahirudin and his expression of regret at the damage, distress and embarrassment he has caused not only to us but also our families and friends.” According to our settlement, however, my apology was "for the considerable distress, embarrassment and inconvenience caused to the Plaintiffs". It did not cover "families and friends".
There are other inaccuracies in The Star's report but, really, if you all don't mind, I'd like to move on now.
Please refer to Enclosure 44, which I published in full yesterday on my blog as part of the settlement.