When I signed in to YM on Friday night, the 2 makciks were almost instantaneously buzz me. It was a long day for me, and I had just finished my housework for the night after my mak had her meal. She eats late as she wanted to finish he Isyak prayers with all the sunat prayers and what not.
When Kak Teh asked me "N, what do you think of the Family Law?" I was really "blur". This is the worst case or "blurness", I am even ashamed of writing down what my answer to her here. I was totally and shamefully ignorant of the MOST important issue for us women in Malaysia. MakAndeh said observantly, "Ni sah dah tak baca paper ni?" I did admit that I had not seen the paper for the day, online or offline. I did not have the luxury of the time to even listen to the Prime Time news on TV these days. So my past time of blogging in between solat Maghrib and Insyak (in my telekung) is now something of the past.
I am not going to elaborate on the new law that had been passed in the Parliament recently. Kak Teh and MakAndeh have done that already. So please go and read their blogs, if you haven't already. They have said enough and clearly too.
Can you imagine, if someone like me, who have got all the facilities, TV, newspapers, internet, could have missed it, what would be the implication to the women who are not as priviledged as I am? Those who day in day out slog hard to share the burden of the family livelihood. Do they have to find out the hard way, about the implication of the new law when and only when they go to syariah court to fight for their rights and their children rights. Only to be told that their polygamous husband has the right to their hard earn money or properties?
If you do not want to think about yourselves, then think about the ordinary Kak Lijah, Mak Timah, Tok Semah etc, etc, How would they survive if their piece of land on which their house is build is now being divided into 2 for the husband to have a second wife. I hope we have made this clear already.