Husbands who default on a court order to pay alimony to their ex-wife will have their bank accounts frozen, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
According to The Edge, Ismail said the government had decided to impose this penalty in the best interests of women, especially those who had been divorced by their husbands.
Ismail said that how this works is that once the ruling has been obtained, the bank will make a direct deduction from the ex-husband’s account and pay the ex-wife.
In addition, Ismail said that recently widowed women would be allowed to work from home during edah (the waiting period of 4 months and 10 days).
Employers cannot force them to work from the office during edah to allow them to resolve family issues and the matter of their husband’s estate.
Ismail said in conjunction with Women’s Day recently, the government is committed to upholding the dignity of women.
Berita yang dinantikan oleh ibu tunggal. Tapi imagine kalau bekas suami tiada pekerjaan tetap, atau kerja sendiri & tak saving dalam akaun. Nun di kampung² sana. Mohon Allah luaskan rezeki ibu & anak². Amin³!— PojieAh (@AhPojie) March 20, 2022
Netizens applauded the move by the government and some of them even pointed out how much the alimony will help single mothers to bring up their children alone.
A netizen raised a question, saying what if the wife was the person who cheated and caused the marriage to crumble. In response, another netizen said it is still the parent’s responsibility to support childcare, and it doesn’t mean the children aren’t theirs when they get divorced.
what does that have to do with anything 💀 if the mother cheat on him suddenly the kids not his or what? and usually if your spouse yang curang you wouldn't want your children to be under their care no? i would've fight for child custody so hard lmaoooo— yoongi and women's month🏳️🌈👩🏻❤️💋👩🏻 (@strwbrryyoongle) March 19, 2022
Some even asked if the man did not have a steady job, income or declared bankrupt.
Nonetheless, these are on a case to case basis and the details would need to be ironed out and decided in court.
Still, this is a great step forward for single mothers who have had to deal with irresponsible ex-husbands.