Friday, November 16, 2018

Child Marriage To Continue

The MPs who met the protestors. Malay Mail Online, November 13, 2018 

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Fuziah Salleh, speaks during a demonstration against child marriage outside the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur November 13, 2018. Malay Mail Online, November 13, 2018

Some 80 protestors including women’s rights activists and school students marched to Parliament on Tuesday to present a signed petition to parliamentarians, exhorting them to expedite the banning of child marriage in Malaysia. 

“Hey Hey Ho Ho, child marriage has got to go!” was among the chants heard. 

What was different this time around was the reception they received. For a change, they were not labelled as troublemakers nor viewed as enemies of the state. 

In fact, a Pakatan Harapan delegation of parliamentarians met with the assembled demonstrators – and they included Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, Sepang MP Mohamed Hanipa Maidin, Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto, and Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh. 

The petition had collected 159,700 signatures of support and this was handed over to Yeoh, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister. 

She expressed her appreciation at the public support to push for an end to child marriage in Malaysia. 

All she said was: “The government listens, and we do what is in the best (interest) of the child. As it stands, we are making efforts to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 for non-Muslims, and consulting the Malay Rulers and state governments on child marriage among Muslims”. 

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail repeated in Parliament that laws to better protect the interest of those involved in child marriages will be tabled in Parliament by mid-2019 – the amendments to cover both civil and Islamic marriages. 

In other words, child marriage will continue. 

What a blardy disappointment!

According to, child marriage is a global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Indeed, child brides can be found everywhere, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe. 

Know that 1 in 5 girls in the world are said to be married before she is eighteen. 

Source: UNICEF, State of the World's Children, 2017

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