Southern Thailand also has rules for marriages

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  • Monday, 03 Mar 2003

GETTING married in southern Thailand is not as easy as most people think because there is a list of rules set by the religious authorities there, reported Berita Harian

The newspaper quoted Narathiwat Islamic Religious Council marriage, divorce and reconciliation registrar Ishak Mohammad as saying that couples had to abide by several regulations before they married. 

He said the groom, bride and witness had to fill up a special form each, which would be kept by the council and sent to the Malaysian Syariah Court whenever necessary. 

The registrar would then interview the couples to determine whether the marriage could be carried out or not. 

Older women, he added, would be investigated to determine whether they were married and had divorce papers while a widow should produce her husband’s death certificate, her marriage certificate or her children’s birth certificates and a woman divorcee, her divorce documents. 

Ishak said the council would not solemnise marriages of males aged 18 and below and females aged 16 and below as well as marriages between Bangladeshis and Malaysian citizens. 

To date, the Malaysian Government has given recognition to the Islamic religious councils in five provinces – Narathiwat, Patani, Yala, Satun and Songkhla – to solemnise marriages of Muslim couples from the country. 

The newspaper front-paged a report on the Malaysian Youth Council’s proposal that hardcore drug addicts sent back to a pusat serenti (rehabilitation centre) for the second time be held at the centre for life.  

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