Money matters blamed for high divorce rate

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Financial issues are the leading cause of problems among married couples in Johor.

State tourism, women development, family and community committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said about 78% of married couples who had sought counselling services from the Darul Ta’zim Families Development Foundation (YPKDT) in Johor last year had identified financial issues as the main factor leading to divorces.

“YPKDT provided counselling services to 116 married couples in Johor last year and 76% of the cases were due to financial woes.

“So far this year, YPKDT provided counselling services to 43 married couples, with 35 citing financial problems as the main cause of problems in their marriages,” she said in a press conference during the Johor State Assembly here.

Earlier, at the state assembly, Liow said the state government would be providing legal services to women experiencing problems in their marriage through YPKDT.

She said the legal service is expected to be fully implemented by this year and a helpline would also be made available for the public to reach out for help.

“We have also gained support from the State Islamic Department as well as the Johor Bar Council.

“Apart from the legal service, YPKDT is also providing counselling for both Muslims and non-Muslim married couples in the state,” she said in her reply to Gan Peck Cheng (PH – Penggaram) and R. Vidyanathan (BN – Kahang) during the assembly.

Liow pointed out that based on statistics provided by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), Johor recorded the second highest number of divorces among Muslim couples in 2017, with 4,588 cases.

“Statistics from Jakim show that Johor was in second place from 2015 until 2017 in divorce rates among Muslims couples.

“Meanwhile, checks with the National Registration Department shows that some 9,691 divorces were filed among non-Muslim couples since 2014 until June 2019, including 438 cases in the first six months of this year alone,” she said.

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