Court Nixes Suit by Student Who Sued Dad
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A court threw out a lawsuit Wednesday by a Malaysian student who sued his estranged father for tuition fees so he could complete his degree at a British university.
Foo Dui Geng, 23, filed an application in the High Court in the northern state of Perak last September seeking more than $21,000 from his father to pay for his final year of accounting studies at Nottingham Trent University.
Judicial Commissioner Balia Yusuf Wahi ruled that financial support from parents was compulsory only for children less than 18 years old _ except for those suffering physical or mental disabilities, Foo’s lawyer, M. Kulasegaran, told The Associated Press.
Balia also ordered Foo to pay his father $800 in legal costs.
In his suit, Foo claimed that his college fees and accompanying living expenses fell within the terms of a divorce settlement in which his father, Foo Woon Keat, promised to pay maintenance.
Foo’s parents separated when he was four years old, the lawyer said. The relationship between the father and son deteriorated recently because of disputes over university payments.
Foo was not expected to appeal the verdict _ though he has not yet been informed of the court outcome because he was currently in Britain finishing his degree after obtaining a bank loan in January to cover his expenses, Kulasegaran added.
Kulasegaran, who is also an opposition member of Parliament, said he planned to table a motion seeking amendments to Malaysian law so parents will have to pay for a child’s education until the age of 25.