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Child marriage: Fed govt looking forward to ban

10th August, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Government is looking forward to ban child marriage in the country.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Liew Vui Keong said that the ministry has constantly talked with the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail regarding the issue while also taking into consideration the various implication that might be arise after setting up the minimum age limit for child marriage in Malaysia.

“In Sabah and Sarawak, there are traditional marriages where children are allowed to get married with the parents consent for those 16 and below.

“Apart from that the Islamic Law also allows marriage of 16-year-olds with the consent of Chief Minister among others,” said Liew.

According to him it is the government’s priority to look after young children’s interest to ensure that the child are protected from abuse or any or even being taken advantage by the unnecessary person such as pedophile who only wants to satisfy their desire.

He also disclosed that they are in the same view with the Islamic Law of protecting the child interests and therefore he hopes that the discussion can come to an understanding as soon as possible.

The issue of child marriage cropped up after a 41-year-old local man took an 11-year-old Thai girl as his bride in Gua Musang, Kelantan, last June.

Currently in Malaysia, children below the age of 18 are legal to marry under Islamic and civil laws.

Non-Muslim girls can marry as early as 16 with the consent of Chief Minister or Mentri Besar while for Muslims, the minimum age of marriage is 16 for girls and 18 for boys.

But exceptions can be made for girls or boys to marry at a younger age as long as they obtain the Islamic courts’ consent.

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