Many Malaysian couples go to Thailand to register their marriage and practise polygamy


 

 

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KUALA LUMPUR: At least 30 couples from Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan and Terengganu had their official marriage registered and practise polygamy every month in Narathiwat, Thailand, said the Religious Council of Narathiwat Territory.

The Head of the Islamic Council of Narathiwat Territory, Abdul Aziz Che Mamat said, majority of the couples want to practise polygamy and come to Narathiwat to become legal partners and willing to come from far just to legitimize their relationships.

However he said, the marriage in south Thailand is not as easy as expected as there is a condition including checking the background of the couples as everybody has to be concerned about the family descendants after this if they are not being truthful.

In relation to this development, the government of Malaysia had discussions with the related religious agency in the South Thailand Territory to ensure the process of the Malaysian citizens’ marriage had been following the laws.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Dr. Zulkifli Hasan said, discussions had been held with the religious office in five territories in South Thailand.

“At the level of the ministry’s religious affairs, we have discussed with the Islamic Councils in five territories in South Thailand.

“We want to ensure that the marriage process and all that have been implemented are following the laws so that there will be no problems in future,” he said as quoted by Sinar Harian.

He said that after officiating the launching of the Tuition Project Phase 2 for Kedah Children (PINTAR) Koperasi Anak Kedah Berhad in Alor Setar, Friday.

According to him discussions will be held continuously with the related parties as they are aware of the current issues involving Malaysians registering their marriage in the neighbouring country.

“Most importantly we want to ensure that a legal marriage will enable to build “heaven” and form the well being of the family,” he said.

Zulkifli stressed that the ministry has also given awareness and understanding through strengthening the marriage courses.

Regarding the ministry’s effort to simplify the marriage process in Malaysia to reduce marriage cases in the neighbouring country, Zulkifli said, this matter is under the religious office and enactment of each state.


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