KUALA LUMPUR (July 22): The High Court today allowed an application for substituted service against three of Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s (pictured) children as lawyers were unable to serve a copy of the suit to them.

YHA Travel & Tours (M) Sdn Bhd, which is suing Azmin and his family over alleged unpaid travel bills, was unable to serve the writ of summons to Farah Afifah, 24, Farah Amira, 26, and Mohamed Ameer Shazrin, 28.

No reasons were mentioned for the company’s failure to serve the writ on the three siblings.

Only one of Mohamed Azmin's children, 29-year-old Farah Shazliyana, had been served the writ of summons.

Judge Nur Lailatul Zuraida allowed for the substituted service, which would see lawyers for the travel company having to take out a notice in the newspapers, put the statement of claim on the court’s notice board and leave a copy of the writ of summons at all three of their premises.

Meanwhile, the judge ordered Farah Shazliyana to file the memorandum of appearance/defence before Aug 7, where she will also be required to attend court on the same day.

The court fixed Sept 4 for case management for the other three defendants in the suit to move on with the case.

Lawyer Adam Yap appeared for YHA, while Shahid Adli Kamarudin acted for Mohamed Azmin.

According to YHA's statement of claim that was sighted by theedgemarkets.com through a file search, Mohamed Azmin had been a customer of the travel agency for 20 years.

The company claimed Mohamed Azmin would normally settle his bills within three to four months but in this instance, the payments have been outstanding for far longer.

It was referring to family trips made between Sept 10, 2018 and Aug 5 last year, including to Marrakech, London, Jakarta, the Gold Coast, Dubai, Geneva, Singapore, Bangkok, Barcelona, and Santorini.

The company also provided the itineraries of Mohamed Azmin's trips to Hanoi and Kota Kinabalu between Sept 14 and Sept 16, 2018, and to Sandakan on May 10 to May 11 last year, which was during the Sandakan by-election.

YHA is seeking payment of RM328,901 from Mohamed Azmin, or alternatively RM167,332 from Mohamed Azmin, RM8,510 from Farah Syazliyana, RM3,880 from Farah Afifah, RM6,400 from Farah Amira and RM92,280 from Mohamed Ameer Shazrin.

The company claimed it sent a letter of demand to Mohamed Azmin on Aug 27 and another on Sept 30, but received no responses.

"Notwithstanding the repeated demands, the defendant had failed and neglected and refused to pay the amount stipulated," YHA said.

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