MUSLIM men who intend to practise polygamy will soon have to undergo a course before they are allowed by the religious departments to marry again, Utusan Malaysia reported on its front page yesterday.
This was to make a Muslim husband realise the heavy responsibilities involved if he took more than one wife, according to the report.
Federal Territory mufti Dr Mohd Yusoff Hussain said the course would be introduced in the Federal Territory before implementing it in other states.
We want husbands to be really sure they can carry out the responsibilities of a husband to more than one woman.
All this while, we emphasised on the need for soon-to-be couples to take up a marriage course so that they know their roles and responsibilities.
We have neglected the need to educate those who want to marry more than one, when this is more important, he said.
Dr Mohd Yusoff said the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Affairs Department and several non-governmental organisations were discussing the course module and when it would be enforced.
Meanwhile, Berita Harian reported that a total of RM475.8mil would be spent to carry out 17 infrastructure projects in Kelantan under the Eighth Malaysia Plan.
Deputy Works Minister Datuk Mohd Khaled Nordin said this included the construction of a bridge in Pasir Mas and the upgrading of Jalan Gua Musang-Jeli and the Sungai Galas bridge.
Khaled said the hefty amount allocated for Kelantan was a testimony that the Federal Government had not abandoned the state although it was governed by PAS.
The Federal Government is always planning for projects that will enhance the quality of life for the people, especially in the rural areas, he said.
We do not want Kelantan to be backward and deprive the rakyat of facilities.
It is the governments responsibility to ensure that all Malaysians benefited from the countrys progress, he added.