The star News : Sunday November 1, 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: Polygamy does not address the woes of needy single mothers, says Wanita MCA.
Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said there were better ways to help needy single mothers, such as offering microcredit loans or skills training for them to be financially independent. She said this in response to a suggestion made by a woman PAS leader recently.
“PAS Kelantan executive councillor Wan Ubaidah Omar could also propose that the state government adopt families of needy single mothers by providing financial help and educational needs, provided these families meet the criteria to qualify for such government aid,” she said in a statement on Friday.
She said Wanita MCA was astonished with Wan Ubaidah’s proposal that Muslim men could increase their “quota” by marrying single mothers with young children, and that lawmakers should be rewarded for doing so.
“Such a statement reflects an outdated mindset that is not at all progressive for women.”
Chew said a second or subsequent marriage might even lead to the first marriage falling apart.
“Wan Ubaidah’s proposal does not solve problems, but creates new maladies.”— Bernama