Heng: Troubled women have the backing of LAWA to resolve marital conflicts
MCA HQ, 8 March-Hosting a press conference here to promote the good work of Wanita MCA Legal Advisory and Women’s Aid (LAWA) Centre in helping women who have approached the centre for help, its chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie has pledged to look into the plights of those women.
According to MCA Legal Advisory and Women’s Aid Center (LAWA), study showed that marital infidelity accounted for most of the complaints filed to the Centre, from the initial 28% in 2015, rising to 36.1% in 2016 and 39.6% in 2017. This was followed by family disputes involving mother-in-laws, which accounted for 22% in 2015, 25.4% in 2016 and 15.1% in 2017 respectively.
''I believe this is only the tip of the iceberg. Most of the women are still suffering in silence due to a lack of courage or proper channels to report. In conjunction with International Women’s Day this year, LAWA will be offering legal assistance and counselling services themed ‘LAWA-Your Maternal Home’ to affected women. Women who are facing the following problems are welcome to come forward: Civil Law (Divorce, Child Custody, Adoption) and Islamic Law (Divorce, Child Custody, Divorce Claims, Matrimonial Assets).’’ Revealed Seai Kie on the kinds of assistance provided by the Centre.
Wanita MCA has established 13 counselling centres nationwide, in which each centre will be headed by a director. Every complaint filed will be handled by a professional lawyer, and the complainant will be advised on the next move.
In addition, the Centre is also recruiting volunteer lawyers and I urge those with such aspiration to join LAWA in helping more women to pull through difficult times.
For more details, please call 03-2203 3884 or fax to 03-2203 3873.