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念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

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念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang


Media statement by on Justice Azzeman Omar’s decision in the Syariah High Court

Posted: 22 Aug 2013 02:48 AM PDT

I welcome and applaud the decision of the Syariah High Court in Kuala Lumpur where Justice Azzeman Omar ruled that it is incumbent upon the father, in spite of a divorce, to finance the child's education even beyond the age of 18.

The support towards the decision of Justice Azzeman Omar is not out of any sort of political preference or dismay towards the parties in the suit, but simply because it is the just and right decision to protect the interest of the children's welfare and justice.

Section 79 of the Islamic Family law Act 1984 provides that "the order for maintenance shall expire on the attainment by the child of the age of 18 years, but the Court may extend the order for maintenance to cover such further period as it thinks reasonable, to enable the child to pursue further or higher education or training."

However, it is sad that similar provision cannot be found in the civil law of our country.

The existing provision for maintenance in civil law is section 95 of the Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976, which states that:

"Except where an order for custody or maintenance of a child is expressed to be or any shorter period or where any such order has been rescinded, it shall expire on the attainment by the child of the age of eighteen years or where the child is under physical or mental disability, on the ceasing of such disability, whichever is the later."

As correctly pointed out by Justice Azzeman Omar, "failure to do so can be considered a sin." The obligation to maintain their children beyond the age of 18 years should apply equally to Muslim and non-Muslim spouse. However, the current provision of Section 95 has caused millions of non-Muslim spouses and children to suffer the injustice especially as the age of 18 heralds the beginning of heavier educational expenses for children who enter pre-university classes and thereafter university courses.

DAP call upon Minister of Home Affairs to review and amend Section 95 of the Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act immediately to ensure the welfare of the children of non-Muslim divorced parents and I believe all BN and PR members of Parliament will support the amendment whole-heartedly.

TEO NIE CHING
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父亲应负担孩子教育费,张念群促修婚姻离婚法

Posted: 22 Aug 2013 02:40 AM PDT

民主行动党全国副宣传秘书张念群呼吁修改1976年法律改革(婚姻及离婚)法令,确保父母离异后孩子的福利,就算孩子超过18岁,父亲也应承担孩子教育费 。

张念群也是古来国会议员,她今天发表文告赞赏吉隆坡伊斯兰高等法院法官阿兹曼奥玛驳回砂州首长泰益儿子贝基尔反对前妻索偿案。

张念群表示,尽管夫妻离婚,身为父亲的,就算孩子已经超过18岁,父亲也应该义不容辞承担孩子的教育费 。

赞赏法庭裁定公正

张念群支持上述法庭的裁定,并称"纯粹只是认为法官阿兹曼的决定已经超越政治和个人利益,也不偏袒任何一方,其决定只建立在公平和公正,以及保护儿童的福利和利益上"。

张念群指出,根据1984年伊斯兰家庭法第79条文规定,"纵使孩子的维护期限是到年满18岁,但法院有权宽限孩子的维护期到一个合理的期限,使孩子可以继续深造或接受培训。"

她也表示,法官阿兹曼裁定时也明确指出,"如果身为父亲无法履行此义务,将被视为是罪行。"

民事案未有此公正

张念群表示,可悲的是,类似的公正裁定是不可能在我国民事案出现的。

她指出,根据现有的1976年法律革新(婚姻及离婚)法令的第95条文:"除非得到特定的允许,父亲和母亲都需承担赡养费的有效期,是孩子年满18岁,而身体或精神上有缺陷障碍的孩子,父母则需要承担孩子的赡养责任,直到有关缺陷终止,视何者为后。"

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