Provide alimony for all needy and poor struggling single mothers

The Star newspaper reported Tuesday that the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom announced yesterday that the Government had approved an allocation of RM15mil for Muslim women who are undergoing divorce and have not been paid maintenance (nafkah).

Any program that benefits the needy and poor must be welcomed and supported. But why did the minister narrow it down to the Muslims and not to all poor and needy regardless of race, religion or colour?

Despite all the rhetoric about 1Malaysia, the government reverts to race and religion when it comes to policies.

Does the government ever grow out of parochialism and bigotry to one of nationhood or universal hood?

The Malaysian single mothers who are destitute come from all races and religions. They are suffering and need affirmative action policies from the government. They need immediate help, skills and confidence to stand on their own feet. They need to be empowered and motivated to move ahead and not be made dependent on handouts. For this to happen there must be a long -term plan, delivery mechanism and institutional framework.

The minister Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom must extend support to non-Muslims too. The Chinese community contributes tremendously to the economy and coffers of Malaysian treasury. All other communities too contribute to Malaysian economic growth.

Without their hard work where will Malaysian government gets its revenue? Why not extent alimony support to single mothers of all races? There are needy Chinese, Indian, Kadazan and Bidayuh single mothers in dire need for opportunities to stand on their own feet. Barisan National should stop their divide and rule mindset and work towards the real 1malaysia.

Besides government must bring to justice men who left their wives in limbo with children to take care. Husbands who do not pay alimony must be stripped off their assets. The provision of alimony should not make men more irresponsible and neglect their families and take on new families.

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