Selangor won't follow Perlis' example

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  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2003

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor religious authorities will not recognise second or subsequent marriages registered outside the state even if Muslim men took advantage of the less stringent polygamy laws in Thailand or other states, said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo. 

“If Muslim husbands in Selangor marry another wife outside the state, not only is the marriage not recognised but the person can be fined RM1,000 or face six months in jail, or both, by the Syariah court under the Selangor Family Act 1984 (amended 1989),” Dr Khir said yesterday, when asked to comment on the move by Perlis to ease regulations on polygamy to deter married Muslims from flocking to Thailand to get married. 

He said the “polygamous husband” would also have to re-register the second or subsequent marriage with the Selangor religious authorities for the marriage to be lawful. 

Dr Khir said he did not see the need for Selangor to follow Perlis by relaxing the laws on polygamy. 

“The existing system is fair to both sides. Let the courts decide. If a Muslim man is considered fit to marry a second or subsequent wives, his polygamy application will be allowed,'' he added, after meeting 5,000 primary religious school teachers at the Selangor Youth complex here.  

Dr Khir said polygamy was a right of husbands under Islam but it came with a heavy responsibility, such as fairness to all of one's wives and the ability to provide equal love to the different families.  

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