RM2 mln fund first step towards combatting discriminatory laws against women

By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
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Adenan (middle) with Jamilah (from his right) and Fatimah (from his right) during the 2016 state-level women day event at Stadium Perpaduan

Adenan (middle) with Jamilah and Fatimah during the 2016 state-level Women’s Day event at Stadium Perpaduan

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem announced a RM2 mil special fund to help abused women and children.

According to Adenan, the fund will be used to help women seeking legal representatives and advice in filing for divorce from their abusive husbands.

In his speech during the state level Women Day 2016 celebration at Stadium Perpaduan on November 5th, Adenan added that the fund could also assist in cases involving women seeking divorce from foreigners.

“On domestic matters, if a women seeks a divorce and marries a foreigner, they must seek a divorce overseas, which is unfair to the women. If you marry an English man, and you seek a divorce, you must go to England,”he said.

Adenan referred to the court’s power to decide on divorce cases involving residence of the foreign spouse as one issues that needed to be addressed.

He said that Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim was working to amend laws that are discriminatory against women, adding that it might not be an easy task as various state has their own respective laws.

“So, to solve this problem, I am allocating RM2 mil for the defense fund for women and children,” he said.

“This has got to stop. The abuse of women and children is increasing. The abuse and mistreatment of women and children by men who are failures themselves is increasing,”said Adenan.

“So, we will start with RM2 mil, and then more, so that there will be justice for women and children,” he added.

Adding more, Adenan said that he hopes to see women would fight for their right as women’s right is also human’s right.

Refering to the federal Budget 2017 of converting teacher-training institutes (IPGs) to be converted into skills training centres, Adenan added that it is an unwise move for the federal government.

Adenan will not allowed two training teaching institutes to be converted into technical colleges as the federal government can go for other institutions to have it converted to technical colleges.

He also added that the decision for the federal government to emphasize on the use of Malay 30 years ago was unwise as we could use both Malay and English at the same time.

He said that the decision leads to the increment of unemployed graduates as they have poor command in English, prompting him to declare English as the second language in the state.

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