‘A polygamous man must be fair to his wives’
MEN in polygamous marriages must treat their wives fairly.
Married with four wives, Datuk Dr Zulkepli Mohamad from Kota Baru, Kelantan, said they must be able to divide their time equally and treat their wives fairly.
He also suggested that the wives should live in the same area or neighbourhood.
“If a man wants to take another wife, look for someone who lives near the first wife’s home or in the same district. This is to avoid problems in future,” said the 53-year-old who has 11 children.
Dr Zulkepli said he also ensured that his family members, especially the children, received good education, particularly in religion.
“Having four wives and 11 children makes me the happiest man in the world. We are one big family and the children are very close to one another,” said Dr Zulkepli, who runs an audit firm here.
A 48-year-old businessman from Kuala Lumpur, who wanted to be known only as Shah, said having more than one wife made his life more manageable.
“I am a businessman and have to travel frequently between Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan. I have been diabetic since 2004 and when I was away in Kelantan, I was in desperate need of a companion to look after me.
“Thank God, I met my second wife who is from Machang,” said the 48-year-old father of nine. Shah had another wife but she died of cancer in 2009.
Like any other marriage, he said a polygamous marriage presented its own challenges.
“The important thing is for the
Datuk Dr Zulkepli Mohamad