From 16 to 18: Selangor passes statutory amendments to raise minimum age for Muslims to marry

Khairul Azran Hussin

SHAH ALAM: Selangor State Legislative Assembly today passed amendments to raise the permissible age for Muslims to marry in the state, from 16 to 18.

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.

Speaker Ng Suee Lim announced the passing of the amendments, which was tabled by Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

"The proposal to raise the minimum age for marriage came about following the recent incident where a 41-year-old Kelantanese man married an 11-year-old Thai girl.

"The Sultan of Selangor then called on the state Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) and state Islamic Religious Department (JAIS), to re-examine the matter in the state,"

On Monday, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah gave his consent to standardise the minimum age for marriage to 18 years.

In his royal address while opening the 2nd meeting of the 1st term of the 14th state legislative assembly sitting, the sultan voiced his concern over cases that involved Muslim couples getting married at a very young age. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd