Thursday, March 10, 2016

A third of RM30 million award to go to single mums, abused women, says Bekir’s ex-wife

Shahnaz Abdul Majid, who was awarded RM30 million in muta'ah (conciliatory payment) following her divorce from Sarawak businessman Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib today, will give one-third of it to single mothers and victims of domestic abuse. She said she was still digesting the court's decision today on the payment, which is less than the RM100 million she had originally sought. "It is still sinking in. If you compare the amount with what he owns, it is a small amount. "After going through this for four years... it was quite a struggle, I am digesting it. "But I appreciate that the judge understands what I went through for 10 years," Shahnaz said, referring to the time she was separated from Bekir before their divorce became official in May 2011. The former daughter-in-law of Sarawak governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said the episode has also been tough on her son, Raden Murya, but added that she had assured him he need not "take sides". Shahnaz said she had tried "many times" to get the matter of the muta'ah payment settled without going to the courts. "I even went through my son once, but he was afraid to ask the father. "Then we went through the lawyers, I always wanted it settled from the start, I didn't want it dragged through the courts," she told reporters after proceedings. – March 10, 2016. MORE TO COME]]>

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