Shahnaz A Majid has claimed in the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court that her former husband and corporate player Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib had been unfaithful to her.

She said Mahmud Abu Bekir, a son of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, had taken an Australian woman to his sister's wedding in 2000.

Testifying in her RM100 million claim for mutaah (matrimonial gift), Shahnaz described how she had also felt humiliated when Mahmud Abu Bekir told The Peak magazine some time in 2010 that he was married to a Russian, Elena Vasilenko.

"My then husband did not relate to the magazine that I was still his legal wife and I felt humiliated,” she said today in reply to questions from her lawyer, Akbardin Abdul Kader.

"Our marriage in 1992 began well but he went on his wild ways soon after, bringing the Australian lady Louise Hiley to the Sarawak chief minister's house during his sister's wedding in 2000.”

NONEShahnaz (left) said she does not know whether her former husband had married Hiley or not. The two are said to have a son, named Adam.
The former wife said since then, the two have separated and custody of the son has been given to Hiley. 

She also told the court that she been deprived of 10 years ofnafkah batin (sexual intercourse) during her marriage.
Shahnaz related this in open court, during the re-trial of her multi-million ringgit mutaah claim against Mahmud Abu Bekir. Besides Akbardin, lawyer Rafie Mohd Shafie is co-counsel for Shahnaz.

The re-trial was ordered on Nov 14 last year after the Syariah Court of Appeal ruled that the previous proceeding was not according to procedures and ordered all related documents to be produced.

Following this, the re-trial was ordered before another judge although Shahnaz had finished testifying to questions from her lawyers and local bank witnesses had testified on her former husband's assets.

An application by Shahnaz for a review of the Syariah Court of Appeal decision was also not successful. 

Shahnaz and Mahmud Abu Bekir married on Jan 9, 1992 and they were divorced on May 11, 2011.

'Evidence must be given by oral testimony'

Earlier today, Syariah High Court judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab ordered Shahnaz to give her evidence by way of oral testimony.

NONEThis came after her lawyers applied for her evidence to be given through an affidavit in order to speed up the proceedings. This move was opposed by lawyers for Mahmud Abu Bekir (right), led by Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar and Saadiah Din.

Justice Muhamad Abdul Karim ruled that the court was bound by the Syariah Court of Appeal decision that evidence had to be adduced through oral testimony.

He also ruled that there should not be any delay in today's proceeding and ordered Shahnaz to give her evidence from the witness stand. Mahmud Abu Bekir was not present in court as he had to attend to the Cahaya Mata Sarawak Bhd board of directors meeting today.

The court had previously ruled that Shahnaz and Mahmud Abu Bekir had to be present during the court proceedings.

'Husband hot-headed and violent'

In continuing her testimony, Shahnaz said her former husband had been irresponsible to her and the family. They have a 19-year-old son, Raden Murya Abdul Taib.

“As a result I underwent emotional and physical pressure as he would at times become violent to me, although I was loyal to him. At times, he would hurt me physically,” she said, adding that was why she  too had filed for divorce.

Although Shahnaz had filed a separate application for divorce, the Syariah High Court accepted Mahmud Abu Bekir's divorce application, which was filed later. He then uttered the talak(declaration of divorce) on May 11, 2011.

Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, taib mahmud's son and titanium shareholderShahnaz testified that Mahmud Abu Bekir did not treat her fairly by bringing Hiley to the wedding when she was her lawful wife.  

Similarly, with the Russian lady, Shahnaz said she only knew that her former husband was married to her through the magazine.

“At one point of time, he brought his Russian wife to my house when they wanted to take Raden Murya out,” she testified.

Hearing continues on Sept 2 before Justice Mohamad Abdul Karim.

Besides seeking mutaah of RM100 million, Shahnaz is also seeking RM300 million, out of Mahmud Abu Bekir's assets, which are said to be worth in excess of RM1 billion, in the matrimonial dispute. 

Mahmud Abu Bekir last week failed to strike out a RM121 million claim brought by Shahnaz to finance their son's education and was also ordered to pay an interim of RM902,000 as pre-university expenses.

~ Malaysiakini