Manohara Odelia Pinot, 17 has not been bogged down by high profile legal tussle between her and former hubby Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra. Instead she devoted her time writing about corruption for an Indonesian media.
“I first became familiar with the concept when I was in the third grade at an international school in France”, she wrote in an article published by The Jakarta Globe.
According to Manohara one of her classmates talked about his mom getting pulled over for speeding while driving him to school. He was worried because they took her license away because of previous traffic violations.
“Our teacher tried to comfort the poor kid, who looked like he thought his mom was going to be sentenced to life in prison”.
“As the teacher explained that his mother probably just had to fill out a few forms, I interrupted her and announced proudly to the class that in my beautiful homeland of Indonesia you can just give a policeman the equivalent of a euro or so and get away with speeding!”
On Oct 29, the court gave Manohara and her mother until Nov 5, to appoint new lawyers or risk having a judgment in default entered against them. Then, Messrs Fakrul Hisham Abdullah and Associates withdrew as their solicitors on record.
Tengku Fakhry’s lawyer Mohd Haaziq Pillay said: “They had their chance. Now, my client feels vindicated. The defendants have been given the opportunity to appear in court with evidence to support their allegations. But until today, they have not turned up. Money is not the issue for my client. This is about his dignity and reputation.”
The Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan had his affidavit affirmed by the Syariah High Court in Kuala Lumpur over his RM1.1mil claim from his estranged 17-year-old wife on Nov 14.