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Minister: The Women’s Ministry contests the freezing of the bank accounts of ex-husbands who do not pay alimony | Malaysia

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun attends a program at Chean Ai Disabled Welfare Association in Kelana Jaya on January 29, 2022. — Photo by Shafwan Zaidon

PETALING JAYA, March 20 – The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) will discuss with relevant ministries and agencies proposed action to freeze the bank accounts of men who fail to pay child support to their ex-wives.

His Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun, who welcomed the government’s announcement on the action, said his ministry would try to implement the measure this year with the cooperation of those ministries and agencies.

“According to the information we have received, many ex-husbands do not provide alimony. So thanks to the announcement made, ex-wives will be able to receive it,” she told reporters after the launch of the new image of Pusrawi Maternity and Kota Damansara Polyclinic here today. today.

“Ex-wives who do not receive alimony can complain through Talian Kasih line at 15999 or other KPWKM platforms,” she added.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is also vice-president of UMNO, during the closing of the debate at the party’s General Assembly 2021, announced that the men’s bank accounts would be frozen if they violated the court order to provide child support to there ex-wives.

He said it was among the issues decided by the government to protect women, including lawsuits won by women seeking child support.

Further, he said widows were allowed to work from home during her iddah (waiting) period (four months and 10 days) after the death of the husband while employers could not force them to work in the office for this period of mourning until the end. of iddah in respect of their situation.

“It’s a welcome decision because after losing her husband, a woman has many issues to deal with, such as those related to children and home,” Rina said in response to the decision.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has proven that we are also capable of working from home,” she added. — Bernama