KANGAR: Perlis has helped solemnise polygamy marriages in the past years despite objections from some quarters, State Religious Affairs committee chairman Datuk Ishak Arshad said.
While declining to reveal the number of such marriages, Ishak said such marriages were sanctioned by the religious authorities after they made a detailed background check, counselling and consultations with the parties involved.
State Mufti Datuk Mat Jahya Hussin said husbands wishing to practise polygamy need not seek approval from their first wives. The state charges an administration fee of RM750 for Perlis residents and RM1,000 to RM1,500 for non-residents after they have been cleared to marry again.
A Syariah Court spokesman said it received 45 polygamy cases last year.