Muslim Wire

Malaysian Muslims should marry single mums, says MP

Posted in Politics, Society by muslimwire on October 30, 2009

A PLEA has gone out for Malaysia’s Muslims to marry poor single mums instead of young virgin girls in order to help care for their children.

A female politician in the impoverished conservative northeastern state of Kelantan said that men should be awarded prizes for increasing their “quota” of wives.

The state’s family and health committee chairwoman Wan Ubaidah Omar said: “What I mean by quota is adding to the number of wives.”

Polygamy is legal in Malaysia for Muslims, who account for 55 per cent of the 28 million population. Figures show there are up to 16,500 single mothers under 60 years of age in the state.

“Muslim men usually like young girls or virgins as their additional wives, so I suggest instead of taking these young virgin girls, why don’t they marry the single mothers as their second or third wife?” Wan Ubaidah said.

“This will ease the burden of the single mothers as the men can help them to take care of their children.”

The minister also called for husbands who leave their wives without good reason to be whipped under religious laws.

 

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