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Selangor Sultan sets minimum marrying age

Kuala Lumpur, Sept. 3 (BNA): The Sultan of Selangor Sharafuddin Idris Shah has consented to recommendations made by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) to streamline the minimum age requirement for marriage for both female and male Muslims in the state to 18 years.

The Sultan said he viewed seriously cases involving Muslim child marriages, especially for girls, as it posed harm to the couple's future and could have a negative impact on the community.

"Therefore I had instructed MAIS and JAIS to review the existing law for Muslims in the state of Selangor and to make the necessary improvements," he said when opening the Second Meeting of the First Session of the 14th Selangor State Assembly, Malaysia’s National News Agency (Bernama) reported.

Several other laws should also be amended to improve the procedure and processes involved in obtaining permission for underage marriages in Sharia Courts, which include inserting certain conditions which should be met by the parents and other parties involved.
BNA 0638 GMT 2018/09/03