‘A polyg­a­mous man must be fair to his wives’

New Straits Times - - News -

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

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