KOTA KINABALU: The Government is mulling on putting a cap on the minimum age for a person to get married in the country, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
The de facto Law Minister said he had been in discussion with Deputy Prime Minister who is also Women and Family Development Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to coordinate the matter.
“We are looking into setting up an age limit for child marriage, a minimum age for a person to get marriage here in Malaysia.
“At the moment, discussion is open and we want to look at the various implications that may arise if we set the age limit to either 16 or to 18. We are looking into it,” Liew said when asked whether there were any proposal from his office on the child marriage issue.
Met after witnessing the handing over of the new court complex from the Federal Government to the Sabah judiciary here, today, he said among the issues that need to be looked at was native marriages in Sabah and Sarawak, where children are allowed to get married with the parent’s consent at the age below 16 years old.
According to him, also need to be taken into consideration as well as was the Islamic law, which also allowed marriage below 16 years old with the consent of the Chief Minister and also all the Menteri Besar.
“The most important thing, is to ensure that the child’s interest is taken care of…we want to ensure that a child is not abused.
“We do not want to allow paedophile to take advantage of these loopholes and danger to satisfy whatever they desire,” he said.
To a question whether they will be able to come to an agreement with the Islamic body on the issue, Liew said the matter continues to be discussed and opined that the Islamic body also think similarly with other members of the society that is to protect the interest of the children.
He hoped that the discussion could come to an understanding as soon as possible.-SabahNewsToday