Syariah Appeals Court upholds order for Taib’s son to pay RM30 million in mutaah.
The Syariah Appeals Court here has upheld the decision by a Syariah High Court ordering businessman Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Talib to pay RM30 million in mutaah (compensation) to his ex-wife Shahnaz A Majid.
A three-man panel, chaired by Syarie judge Datuk Yusof Musa, made the decision after dismissing cross-appeals by both Mahmud Abu Bekir, 55, and Shahnaz, 55.
Syarie judges Saarani Ismail and Datuk Dr Mohd Naim Mokhtar also sat on the panel.
The appellate court also ordered for the mutaah payment to be paid in three instalments of RM10 million each, whereby the first payment has to be before or on Oct 31.
On March 10, 2016, the Syariah High Court here ordered Mahmud Abu Bekir, who is the son of Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, to pay an RM30 million mutaah payment to Shahnaz.
The amount was said to be the highest amount given by a Syariah court in the country for a mutaah claim.
Mahmud Abu Bekir subsequently filed an appeal against the decision.
Then on March 21, 2016, Shahnaz filed a cross-appeal for an RM100 million mutaah on grounds that the RM30 million was insufficient.
On March 30, the same year, the Syariah High Court allowed a stay of execution on the mutaah payment pending the appeals.
Shahnaz is the older sister of popular singer Datuk Sheila Majid.
Speaking to reporters outside the court, Shahnaz said she was thankful for the court’s decision and the support of her friends and family members throughout her divorce proceedings.
Her lawyer Mohd Rafie Shafie said another Shariah High Court would hear her claim on the matrimonial property on Oct 29.
In awarding Shahnaz the sum two years ago, the Shariah High Court had considered the fact that Mahmud could afford the amount.
Shahnaz initially sought RM100 million from Mahmud. She also asked for RM300 million in matrimonial property, including houses, land and luxury cars.
However, the businessman and former group chairman of Cahya Mata Sarawak obtained a stay order and did not pay the money pending his appeal.
In his appeal, he also said the RM30 million award was excessive.
Shahnaz and Mahmud were married on Jan 9, 1992. They divorced on May 11, 2011.
They have one son, Raden Murya Abdul Taib Mahmud, who was born in 1993.