Spotlight on Ghafar's divorce

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  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2003

THE divorce of Tun Ghafar Baba and Heryati Abdul Rahman was front-paged by Utusan Malaysia, which quoted Syariah Court Judge Mohd Naim Mokhtar as saying that it was effective from Jan 10. 

The judge reportedly said the former deputy prime minister declared a talak of the first-degree (which allows divorced couples to reconcile) against his second wife at about 11.45am on that day, witnessed by two men, as stated in his petition and as required by the syariah

Ghafar had, in his petition, announced he divorced Heryati at his house in Bukit Pantai, Kuala Lumpur and this was witnessed by Abdul Aziz Mohd Yassin and Datuk Abd Rahman Mohd Yunos. 

The paper also front-paged a reminder by Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that party leaders should not be too excited about announcing their intention to voluntarily step down. 

“The only person who should be calling the shots is Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

Berita Harian carried on its front page Malaysia’s stand that war was not the way for nations to resolve conflicts. 

The paper quoted Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar as saying that Malaysia had never boasted about its strength or capability to defeat other nations. 

“We have no intention to declare war against anyone,” he said, when commenting on an online discussion about the prospects of war between the country and Singapore in the official website of the junior wing of the republic’s ruling People’s Action Party. 

Berita Harian also carried a report, quoting National Economic Action Council executive director Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, that the majority of teachers in the private community religious schools had accepted the Federal Government’s policy on education. 

Mustapa said the teachers had also indicated their willingness to be absorbed into national-type schools.  

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