Don’t use religious issues to provoke, Umno Youth tells Ngeh

PETALING JAYA: Don't provoke by using religious issues, Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh (pic) tells DAP's Beruas MP Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham.

This follows his question in Parliament on how a marriage between a Muslim and a non-Muslim abroad could be recognised in the country.

"YB Ngeh Koo Ham, although this is just a question raised in Parliament, our warning is clear, don't start!" he said in a Facebook post.

In a parliamentary written reply, Datuk Dr Mohd Na'im Mokhtar said that marriage between Muslims and non-Muslims was not allowed and not recognised under the law.

"Subsection 3(3) of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 [Act 164] provides that this Act does not apply to a Muslim or to any person married under Islamic law, and no marriage can be registered under this Act if any of the parties to the marriage is a Muslim," said the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) in a parliamentary written reply to Ngeh.

Mohd Na'im added for Muslims, Section 10 of the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 [Act 303] clearly states that no Muslim man could marry a non-Muslim woman and no Muslim woman could marry a non-Muslim man.

"If a Muslim wishes to marry a partner from a different religion, the partner must convert to Islam first," said the minister.

In principle, he explained, that marriages involving Muslims and non-Muslims were prohibited in the religion.

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