Fuziah: Govt to propose stricter SOP in child marriage

KUANTAN: The government will propose for stricter standard operating procedure (SOP) involving child marriage and the cases will be heard before Syariah high court judges.

Bernama reported Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh as saying this was because the high court judges were more experienced and trained, apart from ensuring stricter procedures were implemented.

Currently, applications for child marriages are heard before Syariah lower court judges.

She said applications for child marriages should not be taken lightly because such marriages for whatever reasons, including poverty, would pose more harm than good to the children involved.

“They need to go through psychological tests, their parents will be interviewed and there is also a need to look at the mental and physical condition of the children as those who are too young will not be able to shoulder the responsibility.

“It will also require a doctor’s medical report and so on and this strict SOP is aimed at protecting the well-being of the children,” she said after attending the Kuantan parliamentary constituency women’s appreciation ceremony on Saturday.

Fuziah, who is also Kuantan MP, added that the proposal for stricter SOP was tabled at the Syarie Chief Judges conference last year.

However, she said it would be challenging to implement the proposal as a new law as the Syariah court was under purview of the states’ religious council.

In another event yesterday, Fuziah urged rare earths materials producer Lynas Malaysia to stop delaying shipping its water leach purification (WLP) waste out of Malaysia.

She reminded the company that there should be no research invol­ving WLP as clearly stated by the Energy, Science, Techno­logy, Envi­ron­­ment and Climate Change Ministry.

“The ministry is clear that WLP must be sent back to its country of origin that is Australia,” Fuziah said after handing out flowers at the Pasar Tani here in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

She said the WLP was a radioactive waste that must be separated from the neutralisation underflow (NUF) residue, a scheduled waste that Lynas Malaysia is researching.

Lynas Malaysia revealed in its Environ­mental Impact Assessment (EIA) report that it managed to develop two types of products utilising the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant’s process residue; a road base material and a soil conditioner product known as CondiSoil.

The report stated that as a soil conditioner, CondiSoil is composed of WLP, NUF and filler material at a ratio of 1:2:7.

“As NUF is highly rich in gypsum, it provides much needed nutrients to the soil in the form of magnesium, sulphide, calcium and phosphorus.

“Aside from being a great limiting agent, the calcium sulphate in Con­di­­Soil also helps combat aluminium toxicity in the soil,” read the report for its proposed onsite secure landfill for the storage of NUF solids.