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Sabah supports move to up marriage age to 18


KOTA KINABALU: The state government announced its support for the proposal to raise the marriage age limit to 18.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the decision was made after state Mufti Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar explained his statement that the minimum age of marriage for Muslims could be set at 14 for girls and 16 for boys.

“We could follow the limit of 18 years, but there are also options to consider allowing couples to be married at the age of 16 depending on places, customs, culture or security issues,” he said after chairing the Sabah Action Council meeting here.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had said the government wanted to increase the marriage age to 18.

Moving on to another issue, Shafie who is also the state finance minister said most of the state’s 120 dilapidate­d schools had been repaired.

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