POLYGAMY, THE RIGHTWAY

It will be eas­ier for Malaysian Mus­lims to prac­tise polygamy as state gov­ern­ments are rolling out mea­sures to reg­is­ter mar­riages solem­nised abroad, write

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THE au­thor­i­ties be­lieve more Malaysians are seek­ing to get their polyg­a­mous mar­riages solem­nised in Thai­land. But a good num­ber of the cou­ples fail to reg­is­ter the nup­tials in Malaysia. The con­se­quences are far-reach­ing. Sev­eral states are try­ing to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion.

week­ends,” he told the

“Malaysian cou­ples must first and fore­most be from places that are more than 96km or two

from where the bride’s (fa­ther, male sib­ling or close rel­a­tive) re­sides,” he said.

Aziz said the cou­ples were re­quired to col­lect their mar­riage cer­tifi­cates a week later. He said the new of­fice was also es­tab­lished to counter il­le­gal mar­riage syn­di­cates op­er­at­ing along the bor­der.

“Many Malaysian cou­ples have com­plained that they were cheated by syn­di­cates. With the new of­fice here, I hope we can put a stop to this,” he said.

The coun­cil of­fice is likely to re­ceive a steady stream of cou­ples ea­ger to en­ter polyg­a­mous mar­riages as Ke­lan­tan Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment, Wel­fare and Peo­ple’s Wellbeing Com­mit­tee chair­man Mum­taz Md Nawi an­nounced re­cently that men who met con­di­tions stip­u­lated un­der syariah were en­cour­aged to prac­tise polygamy to pro­mote the spread of Is­lam and carry on the fam­ily lin­eage. Aziz said the num­ber of Malaysian cou­ples ty­ing the knot in Narathi­wat had re­duced by half last year from the year be­fore.

“In 2015, an es­ti­mated 300 Malaysian cou­ples got mar­ried in Narathi­wat. Last year, the num­ber dropped to 150,” he said, adding that this was be­cause cou­ples had the op­tion of get­ting mar­ried in Songkhla, 112km north of Perlis, where they could reg­is­ter their mar­riages at the Malaysian con­sulate of­fice.

How­ever, cou­ples who get mar­ried in Narathi­wat are re­quired to reg­is­ter their mar­riages at their re­li­gious de­part­ments in Malaysia.

Aziz ap­plauded the move by

Ke­lan­tan is en­cour­ag­ing Mus­lim men to prac­tise polygamy to pro­mote the spread of Is­lam and carry on their fam­ily lin­eage.

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