KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s son, Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib, was today ordered to pay his ex-wife a total sum of RM902,746.69 for child support following the couple’s divorce two years ago.
Mahmud Abu Bekir was wed to Shahnaz Abdul Majid for 19 years from January 9, 1992 with whom he had a teenaged son Raden Murya Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is currently studying in the UK.
The couple officially divorced on March 13, 2011.
The Syariah High Court here ordered Mahmud Abu Bekir to the money to Shahnaz—who had won custody of their son—for Raden Murya’s maintenance, including for his
education, over the past two years within the next 12 days, Akbardin Abdul Kader, a lawyer for Shahnaz told reporters.
“The judge had delivered the order to Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib to pay RM902, 746.69 in 12 days.
“If he fails [to do so], he can be prosecuted,” the lawyer said.
The order by judge Mohd Amran Mat Zain had been delivered in chambers.
Akbardin also said all guardians to a child from a marriage were allowed by the court to apply for interim maintenance under section 201 of the Syariah Court Civil Procedure (Federal Territories) Act.
Shahnaz, 48, had initiated a court case against Mahmud Abu Bekir in February 2011, demanding her then-estranged husband pay her RM100 million in alimony and RM300 million in matrimonial property.
In her divorce application, Shahnaz, who holds an MBA in Finance and was at one time a director of the family-owned Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB), said she wanted to end their marriage under the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 because he has not given her “nafkah batin” (conjugal rights) since 2001.
The sister of Malaysian jazz queen, Datuk Sheila Majid, also accused Mahmud Abu Bekir of punching her head, face and eyes; kicking her in the ribs; and throttling her — in addition to verbally abusing her with derogatory words, and thereby causing emotional and mental stress.
The divorce proceedings has put the wealth of the Sarawak chief minister’s family in the spotlight at a time of growing scrutiny ahead of state polls.
The alimony claim hearing will resume on March 13 and 14 at the Syariah High Court here.