11-year-old bride might return to school

Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

KOTA BHARU: The 11-year-old Thai third wife of the rubber trader, will be under the care of the social ministry in Thailand at least for three months.

According to the 41-year-old rubber trader, the matter was informed to him by his mother-in-law recently.

“I was informed that my young wife is now under the care of the ministry for a three-month trial period beginning last month.

“They will inform me what will happen next. However, I was also told that there is a plan to send my wife back to school,” he told NSTP when contacted today.

The rubber trader said he would accept whatever decision as long as is it was for his wife’s wellbeing.

“Although I haven’t seen her for a quite a long time, the feeling inside my heart is still there and I really miss her. I can only pray for her safety and may Allah protect her always,” said the father of six.

The man’s marriage went viral after his second wife revealed it on Facebook and sparked outrage among Malaysians who had also called for the minimum legal age for marriage to be increased from 16 to 18.

They tied the knot at a mosque in Kampung Padang Nyor near Mundok, Thailand on June 18.

Asked on Selangor government’s passing of statutory amendments to raise minimum age for Muslim women to marry to 18 years, the rubber trader said it was up to the state government to make the decision.

“I support the move. l believe that the Selangor government has taken such move for the benefit of its own people.

“I would not mind if Kelantan government wants to follow suit,” he said.

The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah recently gave his consent to standardise the minimum age for marriage to 18 years.

The amendments, referring to the Islamic Family Law (Selangor) Enactment 2003 (Amendment 2018) and the Syariah Court Civil Procedure (Selangor) Enactment 2003 (Amendment 2018), were passed unanimously.

Prior to this, the permissible age for a Muslim man and woman to marry was 18 and 16 respectively.


The 11-year-old Thai third wife of the rubber trader, will be under the care of the social ministry in Thailand at least for three months. - NSTP FILE PIC

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