Give priority to single parents, not flexibility to polygamous men, says NGO

With the continuous Covid-19 pandemic, the Terengganu government should focus on weak gatherings like single parents, said non-legislative association Sisters in Islam (SIS).

Sister condemned the express government’s choice to concede mercy to men with two spouses and a month to month pay of not more than RM2,500 while applying for the Rumah Mampu Milik (RMM) reasonable lodging program.

In an assertion, it doubted the reasonableness of the program, saying RM2,500 was insufficient for a man to help two spouses and their kids and cover for month to month bills and costs.

The choice to concede mercy over the lodging program was stressing, it said, on the grounds that it may support polygamy in men when they can’t manage the cost of it.

Shariah law expresses that a spouse ought to have the option to help and accommodate his wives similarly, including material viewpoints like houses.

Sister scrutinized the states of the lodging plan recorded in the Terengganu e-Perumahan site, including candidates should never have possessed a house prior to applying and may just apply once.

Through these conditions, it said, a spouse can just give one house to one wife, which was in struggle with the equivalent treatment of wives as expressed by shariah law.

It called for changes to Islamic family law arrangements to expect men to proclaim their resources and liabilities when applying to wed a subsequent spouse.

Their monetary abilities ought to be thought about ahead of time to guarantee no lady or kids were left without adequate monetary help, it said.

Sister said that from 2007 to 2012, it directed a review as a team with scientists from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Malaya, which observed that most polygamous men couldn’t monetarily uphold their spouses and family.

Need ought to be given to single guardians all things considered, it said, adding that this gathering experienced issues applying for monetary help from the public authority since they were needed to give a separation authentication or a life partner’s demise testament.

It likewise said the public authority ought to know that not all single guardians could give confirmation of pay slips since many could just bear to work low maintenance.

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