Perlis mufti meets with Syariah chief judge to discuss polygamy, drawing criticism from SIS

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 07 Jun 2020

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PETALING JAYA: Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has met with state Syariah Chief Judge to discuss the issue of polygamy.

"The YAA (state) Syariah Chief Judge visited my office.

"Among the issues that were discussed is to make polygamy easier in Perlis. Anyone interested?" he posted on his Instagram account.

The posting which was accompanied by a picture of the two state religious leaders, uploaded on Sunday (June 7), received more than 2,000 likes and attracted some 130 comments from netizens.

In response to the post, Sisters In Islam (SIS) said that the issue and impact of polygamy was not a serious matter in the current global reality.

"When the Covid-19 pandemic is rampant, where many groups are affected, especially single mothers and children. If the mufti and Syariah Chief Judge think that polygamy is the solution to such problems, it is completely wrong from the reality.

"We are sure that both of them are aware of the problems faced by single mothers and their children," said SIS, adding that it was more important to address the issue of domestic violence, financial aid to the group, and improve child custody rights, among others.

SIS said the discussion, to make polygamy easier in the state, was as an irresponsible attempt since its current practices and culture could be further improved.

"For instance, there are loopholes in the law that allows men to marry across the Thailand border and when the couple returns to Malaysia, they will only be slapped with a small penalty," said SIS, noting that it discourages couples to obey local laws and does not take into the consideration of the current financial capabilities of the husband.

"The injustice faced by wives and children in polygamous marriages can be curbed if the state authorities take a more serious concern in implementing the correct regulations when applying for such marriages, strengthening the regulations and shut any loopholes in the law and procedures that allow husbands to get married without the approval from the court," added SIS.

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