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Mahathir ordered states to raise minimum marriage age to 18 - report

  • Oct 20, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has instructed all state governments to raise the legal minimum age for marriage to 18 years for both Muslims and non-Muslims, according to a report. The Malay Mail quoted Penang Women, Family, Gender Inclusiveness and Non-Islamic Religion Committee chairperson Chong Eng as confirming the matter. The report said the directive was conveyed to her during the latest state executive council meeting chaired by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow yesterday.
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Over 50 million child marriages could be prevented if girls finished school

  • Oct 11, 2018
More than 50 million child marriages could be prevented by 2030 if all girls finished secondary school, the charity Save the Children said today. Oct 11 marks International Day of the Girl. Campaigners say children married young tend to leave school, have limited economic opportunities, are vulnerable to abuse and mental health problems and are more likely to live in poverty than those who marry later. Here are more facts to mark International Day of the Girl: Worldwide, about 15 mill
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Sabah mufti triggers backlash over marriageable age proposal

  • Sep 25, 2018
Sabah mufti Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar has triggered a backlash with his proposal to have the marriageable age of Muslims lowered to 14 for females and 16 for males. A lecturer and researcher at the Labuan International Campus of University Malaysia Sabah, Romzi Ationg, said implementing the idea would jeopardise efforts to address social ills and immoral activities. The surge in the marriages of underage girls was slightly attributed to the cycle of poverty but, undeniably, a big chunk was due
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No child can consent to marriage, Latheefa tells Wan Azizah

  • Sep 21, 2018
Lawyers for Liberty executive director Latheefa Koya.PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Latheefa Koya has continued grilling Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail over the issue of underage marriage, taking the women, family and community development minister to task for saying the 15-year-old child bride in the latest case in Kelantan had consented to her marriage to a 44-year-old man. Calling the statement “unacceptable” and “breathtakingly irresponsible”, Latheefa, who heads rights group Lawyers for Libert
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Penang to review age of consent for marriage, says exco

  • Aug 10, 2018
Penang has instructed its state legal advisor to look into laws to increase the age of consent for child marriages, said state executive councillor Chong Eng. During her winding-up speech at the Penang legislative assembly last night, Chong asked both the opposition and backbenchers if they would support such laws to curb child brides. Her remarks come after the urging by Syerleena Abdul Rashid (DAP-Seri Delima) for the age of marriage to be increased from 16 to 18 to deter cases of child
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Amend Age of Majority Act 1971 to end child marriage

  • Jul 12, 2018
COMMENT | The recent controversy surrounding the marriage of an 11-year-old child to a 41-year-old man has brought into focus the immediate need to end child marriage in Malaysia. The federal government has recently said that it is powerless to stop child marriage because Kelantan’s Islamic laws allow children under 16 to get married with the permission of a Syariah Court judge. Is this true though? Let’s analyse what the law says about this. In Malaysia, a child is defined as “a
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Wan Azizah: Ministry looking to raise minimum marriage age to 18

  • Jul 7, 2018
Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who also heads the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, clarified that her ministry was not planning to review any standard operating procedures (SOPs) on child marriage. Instead, Wan Azizah said the ministry is considering raising the minimum marriage age to 18. She added the ministry is not in the process of reviewing any of its SOPs as the SOPs governing the approval and conduct of marriage are not under the purview of the minist
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DPM: Sexual grooming element probed in child marriage case

  • Jul 3, 2018
The 41-year-old Malaysian man who is alleged to have married an 11-year-old girl is now being investigated for sexual grooming, an offence under the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Wan Azizah, who is also women, family and community development minister, said the government viewed the couple as not being married for as long as no evidence is presented. Speaking to reporters at a gathering with the ministry’s target groups, s
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