More allocation for divorcees, including non-Muslim women

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 30 Jan 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is looking into a proposal to provide financial assistance to non-Muslim women similar to the RM15mil allocation to help Muslim women with children who are going through a divorce.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the Government has agreed in principle to the proposal but the details have yet to be ironed out.

“The programme will be handled by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry,” he told a press conference after the handing over ceremony on the upgrade of tourist facilities in Batu Caves yesterday.

“A meeting with (the minister) Senator Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, (MCA vice-president) Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen and myself will be held as soon as possible to discuss the programme.

“We will discuss the amount of allocation in our meeting.”

On Jan 11, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom announced that the Government had approved an allocation for Muslim women whose husbands had ignored maintenance orders issued by the court. The aid would be in the form of temporary advances.

Muslim women will be given financial assistance for up to six months. The amount will depend on what is stated on the maintenance order.

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