RM521 million divorce claims appeal adjourned

The contentious and protracted multi-million Ringgit divorce demands by Shahnaz Abdul Majid against her former husband Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, at the Kuala Lumpur Shariah Appeals Court was today adjourned.


Counsel Mohd Rafie Mohd Shafie representing Shahnaz requested for the adjournment citing his indisposed health.

However, Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar acting for Mahmud objected as he was earlier today brought to understand that Mohd Rafie would appeal for the adjournment on the grounds of the passing of Anwar Ibrahim’s father Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman yesterday.

Mohd Rafie is father in law to one of Anwar’s daughters Nurul Ilham Anwar.

“My client’s instruction is for us to proceed as the contentious claims have been long drawn, and the parties have had sufficient time to prepare,” said Datuk Zainul.

Shahnaz had sought for the discovery of the assets of Mahmud for her RM300 million matrimonial claim. She had also claimed in excess of RM121 million for child maintenance for their son Raden Murya Abdul Taib Mahmud to include a terrace house in London (RM60 million), a residence in Bukit Tunku (RM10 million), two Aston Martins (RM5.5 million), medical insurance (RM5 million) and a private trust fund (RM40 million) to be held and managed by her.

In addition, Shahnaz had also claimed RM100 million for ‘mutaah’ (conciliatory gift).

The multi million Ringgit demands have made it one of the most contentious divorce claims, one in which no precedent has been set in a Shariah court. Mahmud is defending the claims vigorously.

Presiding at the Kuala Lumpur Shariah Appeals Court today were Chief Shariah High Court Judge of Wilayah Persekutuan Datuk Mahammad bin Ibrahim; Chief Shariah High Court Judge of Perak Datuk Muhamad Asri bin Abdullah and Shariah High Court Appeal Judge Datuk Yusof bin Musa.

The adjournment was granted with costs to be determined. Hearing is to resume on 12 May 2015.

Mahmud, the son of Sarawak Governor Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, was also represented by his legal counsel Saadiah Din.