Sabah To Ban Child Marriage – Kelantan, Are You Next?

Woah! News report has it that the Sabah government is said to be the first state to ban child marriages. On April 18th, Malay Mail reported that Sabah’s government will be amending several laws on child marriages during its next state legislative assembly.

The amendments that will take place is set to effectively ban the marriage of children under the age of 18.

According to Law and Native affairs minister, Datuk Aidi Mokhtar, “We have agreed to raise the minimum marriage age to 18, so we are proposing that the Islamic Family Law Enactment and the Native Courts Enactment plus any other relevant laws be amended in the coming state assembly sitting.”

It was just last year when Sabah Mufti Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar disagreed with Putrajaya’s proposal in setting the minimum age of marriage to 18 years old. He states that in accordance with Islamic law, the minimum age for marriage is 14 for girls and 16 for boys.

This was in regards when news broke of a 41-year old man from Kelantan marrying an underage girl, age 11, from Thailand.

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Although the legal age for marriage is 18 years old for non-Muslims and 16 years old for Muslims, younger children can still be married off with the consent of the Menteri Besar or Syariah Court. Well, kudos to Sabah for voicing out in making a big change! Next state, please?