Malaysian actress-turned-entrepreneur Neelofa has publicly apologised for the breach of COVID-19 safety measures during her Mar 27 wedding to Muhammad Haris Muhammad Ismail, a former contestant on an Islamic reality series. She also apologised for going to Langkawi for a trip with her husband after the wedding even though there was an interstate travel ban.
Neelofa, whose real name is Noor Neelofah Mohamad Noor, sent a video statement to Malaysian media on Friday (Apr 9). She explained that she recorded the video after she and her family had gone to the police station to give their statements.
She said, “I sincerely apologise for violating the SOP, within and beyond my knowledge on these two matters. My husband and I admit and accept any actions or decision from the authorities.”
Neelofa also apologised for being insensitive towards the issue. “There are a lot of things I might have overlooked and I should have set a better example,” she added.
The 32-year-old incurred the public’s ire after photos of her wedding showed that guests were not wearing masks and were not following safe distancing rules by sitting shoulder to shoulder.
She and her 26-year-old husband, better known as PU Riz, also faced backlash for travelling to Langkawi after the wedding in what they described as a work trip but which many people speculated was their honeymoon after videos emerged of them going on a cable car ride and jet-skiing.
Soon after that, she was criticised for launching a line of “Muslim friendly” slippers with Malaysian brand Flipper, leading people to accuse her of exploiting religion.