At least one Malaysian man marries in Sumatra daily
Fri, Apr 16, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network
MEDAN, MALAYSIA - An average of one Malaysian man and an Indonesian woman from Sumatra have been getting married every day for the past five months, with 80% of the brides being second wives.
This statistic is based on records at the office of the Malaysian Consulate General here. Its vice-consul (consular and immigration division), Ismail Ali, said an average of 30 Malaysian men, most of them Muslims, married Indonesian women from Sumatra every month during the said period.
He believes that there could be more such marriages which were not reported to the consulate.
"One of the reasons could be that they did not have permission from the Syariah Court to marry abroad or to practise polygamy," he said.
Malaysians intending to marry Indonesian women are required to obtain certain documents such as verification of citizenship from the consulate.
Prior to arriving in Sumatra, they are also required to obtain documents like verification of their marriage status as well as permission to marry abroad and practise polygamy from Islamic religious authorities in their state.
Ismail said most of the couples got to know each other in Malaysia when the Indonesian women were working as maids, factory workers or cleaners.
"Many of the women are divorcees with children and married the Malaysian men for a better life," he added.
He said there were also non-Muslim Malaysian men who chose to marry Indonesian women but the numbers were small.
"For the non-Muslims, they are required to obtain permission from the National Registration Department to marry overseas," he added. - Bernama