Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Care to step outside (the political arena)?



Datin Sri Shahnaz A. Majid, estranged wife to Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud's son, Datuk Sri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud application to seek RM100 million for 'mutaah' (alimony) and RM300 million for matrimonial property made the frontpage of some newspaper on Wednesday last week. 

Shahnaz, who is jazz queen Dato' Sheila Majid's elder sister, had filed for divorce in February. 

Newspaper report highlighted her party's trouble to serve the paper to Mahmud at his home, which means she left their marital home. Read the Malay Mail 

The report cited one of the basis for the divorce was denial of "nafkah batin" (a subtle way of saying denial of sex) since 2001. If she had left their home, obviously they could not have sex. The last the more introvert of the Majid's sisters would want is to drag other people, other parties, and the whole state of Sarawak into her personal affair. 

It is undoubtedly a sensational story to hear her half of the matrimonial asset is worth RM400 million. 

This reminded this blogger of a similar frontpage divorce claim by former wife of Renong UEM Chieftain Tan Sri Halim Saad, Puan Sri Noraini for more than RM200 million. 

At last, the final settlement was around RM25 million. The real asset could likely have deducted for loans and incumbrences, and Halim's real ownership. 

Similiar likelihood for Mahmud-Shahnaaz's case.

The sum of RM400 million sound sensational but how much is left to be divided after deducting of loans and encumbrences for division? If Mahmud is holding in trust for many other silent partner and parties, a usual practise in business, then it cannot be considered for subdivision. 

Mahmud is a major shareholder and Executive Deputy Chairman of public listed, CMS Berhad. 

Their marital problem is an open secret within certain circle of Kuala Lumpur. 

As one close family friend described last night to this blogger, they hit the snag from the death of their daughter and it is believed to be interference from a third party.

Shahnaaz was described as the more introvert and less aggresive of the Majid sisters of Shahnaaz and Sheila. 

Although living apart, Mahmud has been fair and responsible to provide for her and their son. He goes to the extend of buying a place for her and the son she is very attached to while he studies in London. 

The anti Taib Mahmud movement and the Malaysian Civil Liberty Movement are also based in London. 

After being apart for 10 years, Shahnaaz was advised to file for divorce and claimed marital asset and timed it at around the time of the Sarawak state election. More sordid and discriminating details are planned for revelation as the election progress. 

If that is the case, then this is not a civil way of ending a marriage. Divborce is one halal act despised by the prophet and more so if it end in such bitter and unfriendly fashion.


This is but the usual idiosyncracies in any family dispute which is best left to be resolved privately between the departing parties. 

For a couple that had separated for 10 years, the timing to file for divorce on the part of Shahnaz is uncanny. It should be better for Shahnaz as to not be seen as though she is taking advantage of the upcoming Sarawak general election. 

Shahnaz, who is jazz queen Dato' Sheila Majid's elder sister, had filed for divorce in February. 

Newspaper report highlighted her party's trouble to serve the paper to Mahmud at his home, which means she left their marital home. Read the Malay Mail 

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