RM900,000 payment for child support


Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib

(The Star) – The Syariah High Court has granted an order by Shahnaz A. Majid, the former daughter-in-law of Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, requiring her former husband to pay an interim maintenance of RM902,746.69.

The interim maintenance applied by Shahnaz was for expenses incurred for their son since she and Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir divorced on March 11, 2011.

High Court Syarie judge Mohd Amran Mat Zain made the order after allowing Shahnaz’s ex-parte application in chambers yesterday.

Judge Mohd Amran ordered Mahmud to pay the amount within 12 days from yesterday.

Syarie counsel Dr Rafie Mohd Shafie and Akbardin Abdul Kader represented Shahnaz.

Akbardin told reporters that the expenses covered lodging, food and fees for their son’s pre-university studies in Britain.

He said the application was made under Section 201 of the Syariah Court Civil Procedure (Federal Territories) which allows parties to apply for an interim order on maintenance.

Last month, the court fixed March 13 and 14 for the child support claim trial.

On Nov 30 last year, Shahnaz, the older sister of singer Datuk Sheila Majid, said in her statement of claim that she and Mahmud were married on Jan 9, 1992 and divorced on May 11, 2011. They have a son, Raden Murya, 19.

Shahnaz said that under the divorce order, the boy would be under her custody but there was no agreement on his maintenance.

Shahnaz alleged her former husband had failed to pay any maintenance after their divorce.

She is claiming an education trust fund of RM40mil and a RM60mil London terrace house.

She is also seeking tuition fees in Britain amounting to RM315,000, two Aston Martin cars, air travel for six times a year, RM10,000 for books, RM72,000 pocket money, RM5mil medical insurance and monthly pocket money for two years totalling RM72,000.

Shahnaz had earlier filed a claim of RM300mil in matrimonial property and RM100mil in mutaah (gifts) as a divorce settlement. She is also claiming 50% of all assets owned by Mahmud. The hearing is ongoing.