SUNGAI PETANI, APRIL 11 — Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) pledged it would provide mobile Shariah courts and job opportunities in Kedah.
Merbok PPBM chief Mejar Anuar Abdul Hamid said that for single mothers living in rural areas, it was a challenge to frequent towns like Alor Setar to be present at the Shariah court for cases of divorce, child custody and property settlements.
“On average, the Kedah courts receives some 100 cases on these issues daily. It is a pressing issue,” Anuar told Malay Mail in an interview.
“It is tiresome for these single mothers to travel into town all the time for years on end just to settle issues related to their divorce.
“We want to bring the Shariah courts to their villages through a mobile platform. This means that those who come to the mobile set-up will be able to settle their cases with greater ease and quickly too,” added Anuar.
He said that such women were forced to take long and tedious trips into town to process divorce cases and custody battles, as well as property settlements in the Shariah courts that can take up to several years to resolve.
However, he said that for the platform to succeed, sufficient Shariah lawyers and judges were needed.
“Our biggest challenge is to find good and affordable Shariah lawyers that will meet the needs of the people,” he said.
“We plan to upgrade the Kolej Universiti Insaniah to an establishment that will produce quality Shariah lawyers. This will help our cause.”
Insaniah is now known as the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
Anuar said that his party’s state manifesto for the 14th general elections will focus on Kedahan women and youths.
He also said that PPBM was looking to develop youth-centric towns to create more entrepreneurs.
“We want to build a youth-centric town that will allow those between 20 to 40 years of age to operate businesses. We want to transform certain locations into business hubs for the young. These towns will likely be Sungai Petani, Kulim and Alor Star,” said Anuar, without elaborating.
“We acknowledge that the younger generation is struggling to find job opportunities in the state. We want to create this platform for them to be independent in their career.”
Anuar also said that PPBM, in its first election outing, was not troubled that other Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties were leveraging on former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s return to politics.
“I cannot deny that in the beginning it was very uncomfortable for us. However we have learned that unity is power,” he said.
“We are fighting for the same cause, this is all that matters.
“Tun Mahathir has always been influential, we’ve seen incredible turnouts from the social media event promotions we have posted and this will evidently benefit others in the PH pact as well,” said Anuar.
Kedah Amanah had in a recent interview with Malay Mail said they would not be able to win the 10 state seats they are contesting in without the support and presence of Kedah-born Dr Mahathir.
PPBM is leading the PH campaign in Kedah for GE14 by contesting in 14 state seats, while DAP will contest in two seats and PKR in 10. BN and PAS will contest in all 36 state seats in Kedah.
Pakatan Harapan currently holds five out of 15 parliamentary seats in Kedah, namely Pokok Sena (Amanah), Alor Star (PKR), Kuala Kedah (PKR), Sungai Petani (PKR), and Padang Serai (PKR).
BN holds the remaining 10 seats.