Monogamy campaign causes concern

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  • Friday, 21 Mar 2003

THE issues surrounding monogamy and divorce should not be blown out of proportion to an extent that could cause confusion among the public, Utusan Malaysia said. 

In its editorial, it said the issues were set to be “controversial” judging from criticisms and protests against the organiser just a day after the campaign was launched. 

The daily said the strong protest from the mufti group, a source of reference to all religious issues in the country, could cause confusion over the intention of the “one husband, one wife” campaign. 

It said the Mufti was contesting the campaign on grounds that it was against the syarak laws which allows polygamy for Muslim men and not in line with laws made by God. 

Utusan said that while it understood that the campaign was well-intended for the women in the country, it was clear that it was against polygamy. 

Noting that what was controversial was a demand from the group to allow wives to file for divorce should their husbands want to take another wife, the newspaper said: “The existing syariah laws had been fair although they lack management and implementation.” 

Utusan said that it understood that the organiser group comprised of a learned group but added that they have to seek advice from a group more well versed in Islamic issues or the Muftis. 

It said that before dragging a “VIP” into its campaign, they should “do their homework” to ensure that the campaign would not touch on religious matters. 

Whatever problem or solution to the issue, as suggested by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, must be referred to the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim). 

Utusan said that it was unfortunate that the Government would have to step in and take remedial steps following the “after effects” of the campaign. 

Berita Harian played up a story about Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat agreeing with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's call that Americans should go against president George W. Bush for attacking Iraq. 

The newspaper quoted Nik Aziz as saying that a more accurate description of Bush would be “blood crazy” as he did not care about the worldwide protest for him to stop his war on Iraq. 

“I share the same view with Dr Mahathir that Americans must wake up and fight their Government as they did during the Vietnam War,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.  

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