STILL GOOD FRIENDS: Former badminton player and film producer end their marriage mutually
KUALA LUMPUR: AFTER 28 years of marriage, former national badminton player Jalani Sidek divorced his wife, film producer Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman, on her 53rd birthday yesterday.
Jalani, 48, divorced Raja Azmi on a first talaq (divorce) at the Gombak Timur Syariah Lower Court at 3.30pm.
The couple, who have two daughters aged 27 and 23 and an 18-year-old son, mutually ended their marriage before syarie judge Shaiful Azli Jamaludin.
Jalani and Raja Azmi, who were married on Dec 22, 1984 in Kamunting, Perak, arrived at the court together accompanied by one of their daughters, Puteri Suaida, 23.
Before Jalani uttered the divorce proclamation, the judge advised them to forgive each other.
Raja Azmi was seen holding back her tears before she kissed Jalani's hands. They then kissed each other's cheeks.
Earlier, Raja Azmi's counsel, Roslizam Rahim, told the court that his client and Jalani no longer love each other.
"There were various speculations prior to the divorce.
"It took them quite awhile before they finally agreed that it would be better for them to become friends," said Roslizam.
Shaiful commended the two for wanting to become good friends after the divorce.
"Don't make this as a reason for you to hate each other," he said, before allowing the application for a divorce on grounds that there had been a prolonged conflict despite the couple's efforts to save their marriage.
Outside the court, Raja Azmi said the decision to get a divorce was made by both of them. She denied any third party involvement.
"Our children understand the situation and what is important for them is to see both of us happy.
"A divorce does not necessarily end with sadness," said Raja Azmi, who celebrated her birthday yesterday.
She added that she had been hit with controversies during their marriage and she did not want Jalani to be called a dayus (coward) husband any more.
"He is a good husband," she said in between sobs.
Jalani said: "Let this matter be a thing of the past. Life must go on. I won't have any grudge against her."