Lack of understanding, infidelity main reasons for divorces in Malaysia


KOTA BHARU: Lack of understanding, infidelity and interference by in-laws are the main reasons for divorces among married couples aged 35 to 39 in the country.

National Population and Family Development Board Malaysia chairman Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said based on the board’s findings, 56.2% of men said they had a divorce due to lack of understanding from their spouse, followed by infidelity (11.8%) and interference from in-laws (10%).

"Findings from women also indicate lack of understanding as the main cause of divorce with 38%, followed by infidelity (20.5%) and irresponsibility (15.2%). Then there’s interference from in-alws (6%), refusing a second wife (2.8%), financial problems (4.7%) and other causes, including abuse, infertility and being involved with crime (10.4%),” she told reporters after the Kelantan state level National Family Month celebrations here on Tuesday (Nov 28) that was officiated by Tengku Temenggong Kelantan Tengku Tan Sri Mohamad Rizam Tengku Abdul Aziz.

Rohani added that married couples whom faced such domestic conflict were young couples married between five to 10 years.

"The board will definitely help and provide counselling and advise them according to the problems they face.

"Our intention is to ensure they can love each other to avoid them choosing to separate or divorce,” she said. – Bernama

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