KUALA LUMPUR: Her husband divorced her 16 years ago and Vicknani Nora Giok @ Nurasyikin Abdullah has not received a single sen from him to support her and their two sons.
After her divorce, Nora has single-handedly provided for her family including her two teenage sons, aged 13 and 14.
When told about the announcement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom on the RM15mil allocation to be used as an advance nafkah (maintenance) for those deemed eligible by the Syariah Court, Nora said it was long overdue.
“Even if I’m not eligible as my case has been disposed of, I’m glad the welfare of people like myself will be looked after,” she said.
After her divorce, 34 year-old single mother from Papar, Sabah was forced to leave her hometown to make a living.
She became desperate because her former husband never bothered to send her any money.
In fact, he “disappeared” and up to now, she has no idea of his whereabouts.
Nora put her boys under the care of her mother and taking advantage of her musical talent, took a job as a singer.
She has been singing at various entertainment spots for the past 10 years. For local actress Wan Nor Azlin Wan Mohd Hussain – whose divorce case is still pending in the Kuala Lumpur Syariah court – the kind of aid suggested by the Government will greatly help take a huge burden off her.
She claimed that life had been difficult since her husband left in 2005 without providing any financial support for her and their three children.
Wan Nor Azlin, 38, had been raising her schoolgoing children by taking up acting jobs.
“Competition is tough in this line and there is little job security. I worry for my children, about how I can continue providing for them.
“With such aid, it is comforting to know there will be some money coming in, although it cannot solve all my financial difficulties,” she said.
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