HATYAI (Bernama): The Malaysian consulate-general in Songkhla, Thailand, has recorded a steady increase in the number of applications from Malaysians to obtain marriage verification letters since 2011.
Consul-general Mohd Afandi Abu Bakar said a total of 4,653 applications for marriage verification letters were received last year compared to 4,375 in 2017.
He said the statistics showed a steady increase from 2,885 applications in 2011, to 3,463 (2012), 3,485 (2013), 3,831 (2014), 4,081 (2015) and 4,178 (2016).
He was met at the Malaysia-Thailand Riders Association (MalTha) programme here Sunday (March 10).
Mohd Afandi said the majority of applications involved couples who had been married for two or three years and they needed the document to register their child.
He also pointed out that most applications involved marriages of Malaysian couples that were held at the Islamic religious offices in southern Thailand.
The consulate-general office also received applications from those who had been married for up to 20 years, but the number was small, he said.
Mohd Afandi also advised couples against using agents as it might lead to problems in terms of status of their marriages. - Bernama