KUCHING, Jan 12 (Bernama) -- Divorced Muslim women who seek alimony payment from their ex-husbands through the Shariah Courts in Sarawak would be offered an advance payment to ease their burden but the advance must be repaid by their former husbands.
The advance payment would apply to wives whose husbands go missing and fail to pay alimony to their ex-wives in the short term or even over a long period.
Assistant minister in the Sarawak Chief Minister's office (Islamic Affairs), Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said the advance would be given to the wives as a form of loan that must be repaid by their ex-husbands once the authorities manage to find them.
"It is a loan to help ex-wives of husband who go missing after the divorce and fail to provide alimony. The husband must repay the loan once they are identified," he told reporters after handing out RM88,969 from the Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak (TBS) to 57 recipients here on Wednesday.
Daud said the allocation for such loans would come from TBS and the Federal government and no interest would be charged.
He added that the Shariah Court judge would decide on such payments to wives as a means of easing their burden when faced with situations whereby their husbands divorce them but fail to provide alimony.