There are more ‘haram’ issues than breastfeeding selfies


While something as simple as monthly pay deductions could solve most alimony and child support issues, the authorities’ feathers are, strangely, unruffled. Why?

Fa Abdul, Free Malaysia Today

This morning, I received a phone call from a friend of mine. She was ecstatic.

After eight long years of battling in court, her ex-husband finally caved in and agreed to an out-of-court settlement.

It’s a life story with all the makings of a rags-to-riches tale, the kind you watch on the big screen.

They were childhood sweethearts from a small town in Kedah. Married at twenty, with little education to rely on, they worked very hard to build a good life together. But no matter how hard they worked, life in a small town fell short of fulfilling their needs. Thus, they moved to the big city, Kuala Lumpur.

The realities of KL were far more difficult from what either had imagined. But, like all determined couples, they decided to stick it out and bite the bullet.

She parted with all her heirloom jewellery, investing it as seed capital for her husband’s new business venture.

While he strived to make his business work, she devoted herself to smaller business ventures of her own, selling home-made ‘kuih’ and ‘nasi lemak’ by roadside stalls. Day in, day out, the routine was sheer hard work. But it paid the bills, put food on the table, and gave her husband ample time to focus on his business.

A few years (and a few false starts) later, his security business finally took off. Roaringly so, in fact. And its timing couldn’t have been better – my friend was pregnant with her first child.

Over the years, while he spent countless hours at the office, she handled everything on the homefront on her own, sacrificing on luxuries as any dedicated wife would.

Their years of struggle seemed to have paid off. Business boomed. He opened branches of his business, subsidiary companies, bought properties and owned several cars. Life was good, and they lived like veritable royalty.

But behind the façade, their happy life was a lie. With his new-found wealth, he also found other companions.

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