Hannah Yeoh: Financial woes main cause non-Muslim couples divorce in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (May 27): Financial problem is the main cause for divorce among non-Muslims in the country, says Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh.

Based on the statistics involving non-Muslim couples, she said from 6,901 cases of divorce among non-Muslim couples recorded last year, 2,971 cases were due to financial issues.

"Financial problem is a huge thing, based on National Registration Department marriage tribunal statistics, the majority of divorce cases was due to financial problems," she said.

She said this after visiting the Women of Will's (WOW) Community Kitchen programme at Batu Muda PPR here Saturday (May 25).

Yeoh said it was even more worrying that the number of divorces also contributed to the rise in child abuse cases involving mothers.

"Financial problems, divorce cases and child abuse are inter-related, when divorce is due to finance, the mother would lose a source of income and is pressured which could lead to child abuse," she said.

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