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Minimum Marriage Age Of 16 For Muslims To Stay, Minister Told Dewan Rakyat

The Federal Islamic Affairs Agency (JAKIM) has no plans to amend the minimum age of marriage for Muslim girls from 16 to 18 after most states rejected the proposition.

According to Malay Mail, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad said the decision was made in September this year after several rounds of dialogues held with state religious authorities.

“The federal government had studied the proposal to raise the legal marrying age for Muslim women from 16 to 18 and among the studies were the tabling the proposal at various forums that involved the states…considering the power to decide on marriage laws of Muslims is the purview of the state.” he said.

Source: The Asean Post

“Based on the response, most states in principle agreed to retain the current legal marrying age as provided under the Islamic Family Law in each respective state.” the minister added.

“As such… the government has taken the position that there is no necessity to raise the legal marrying age for Muslim women.”

Source: The Rakyat Post

Previously, the Pakatan Harapan led-government had pledged to scrutinise proposals of legal amendments to the minimum age for marriage increased from 16 to 18 years’ old.

The then attorney general, Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, said the AG’s Chambers (AGC) was evaluating its options into the proposed amendments, as the government’s legislative branch looks at their best efforts to safeguard the welfare and interest of children.

However, the proposal has met several resistance from religious conservatives on the grounds that some religions conditionally allowed child marriage.

On contrary, most Muslim mothers had in a survey expressed their support for the proposal to increase the legal marrying age.

Idris said Jakim has empowered Shariah court judges to strictly vet new applications as a way to “ensure justice is served to all parties”.

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