Friday, December 19, 2008

All Malaysians To Attend Course Prior to Marriage

Muslim friends in Malaysia must go through a pre-nuptial course before they can get married. The courses are organised by the respective State Islamic Religious Department.

Non-muslims are not required to attend such course. I know that churches do have their pre-marriage counselling in preparing each couple-to-be on the expectancy of a marriage and what is a marriage. I would say it's useful and normally the church pastors or a church elder will conduct such courses, free of charge of course.

Out of a sudden, a memorandum has now been submitted to the government calling for all non-muslims to attend such compulsory marriage courses before they are allowed to get married. This is on compulsion???? Why compulsory now? Which organisation or groups are calling for it?

If the government somehow agrees with the memorandum, will a church's pre-marriage counselling be counted / accepted? Who's authorised to conduct such courses? Will such courses be organised by government agencies such as National Population and Family Planning Board only at no charges to the public?

I really hope that no cronies will benefit indirectly on organising such courses at the expense of the public (referring to the non-muslims now since the memorandum is referring to non-muslims) paying for it. Actually there's more to gain in attending such courses but I really hope that it would not be manipulated for selected people's pockets.

In future, make sure you keep your certificate of attendance of the marriage course in a safe deposit box because if it's lost, you can't say your vows on that big day of yours ........ haha

Reading: Memo on marriage courses for non-Muslims - Star
Tags: Pre-Nuptial Course, Pre-Marriage Counselling, Marriage Course, Marriage, State Islamic Religious Department, National Population and Family Planning Board

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12 Comments:

Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

Luckily I got married already. I think some people will cash in on this new requirement

19 December, 2008 09:12  
Blogger zakzak said...

Hi,

I have been reading your blog occasionally.

your suspicion on the cronies trying to take advantage of the situation is not entirely unfounded I think, however as you might already know, pre-nuptial courses for the Muslim is conducted not only by government bodies namely the state Islamic religious department, but also independent course providers as well.

Hey, you could even start a prenuptial course company yourself? :)

people get married all the time.

19 December, 2008 09:12  
Blogger Lisa said...

I didnt know about this stuff, now this will be a trouble for a lot of couples who wishes to get married.

What's with all the preparation already but now this to add it on?

although its good to prepare one couple to the next stage however it might be to troublesome ...

19 December, 2008 09:30  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

borneo - hopefully not

zakzak - maybe u didnt get to read the meaning in between the lines. i have added an additional sentence in bracket to state that it was referring to the non-muslims now. thks for highlighting it anyway.

starting own company in doing such? it's a heavy responsibility there and it's not purely abt making money ..... it's people's life and future. i leave that to the anointed people hehe

19 December, 2008 09:32  
Blogger TZ said...

i'm curious what are they teaching in the course :p

19 December, 2008 10:49  
Blogger Kay Leaf said...

Maybe the divorce rate is jumping very high until they ask couple to attend courses before getting marry.

19 December, 2008 11:09  
Blogger Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

When are YOU getting married? ;)

19 December, 2008 16:59  
Blogger foongpc said...

Is the course really beneficial? Will it lowers divorce rates? And like you said, if you lose the cert, will you be asked to attend the course again otherwise you can't get married?

20 December, 2008 14:10  
Blogger sky said...

yup, troubled marriagespall are ...common nowadays let alone infidelity. maybe, just maybe, they thought of preventing these by giving pre-nuptial courses. I didnt have one and im lucky to have supportive family to guide me. According to friends,these courses cover from how to handle spouses up to sex lessons. never been there, so no comments.the fee is NOT MORE than RM100 INLCS OF makan minum. so, i think the fee is enough for such classes. about cronies, i dont think there will be enough to pay cronies with that kind of fee.

20 December, 2008 14:30  
Blogger WanWan said...

Pre-marriage course for Muslim is charge with minimum RM...

Christian will be taking the course organize by church..

Buddhist will be taking the course organise by temple...

Hinduan will be taking the course organise by kuil..

so on and so fort...

How about those non-religion? hehehe..

20 December, 2008 16:26  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

Lisa - hopefully it won't be a problem but it wld instill the sanctity of a marriage

TZ - not what u have in mind hehe

Kay - that cld be a possible reason

Gorgeous Eve - this course is not applicable to me

Foong - lots of questions to be answered. govt tend to announce stuff without much research / info

Sky - hopefully such courses will be of help

WanWan - if the govt made it compulsory, u'll still have to attend

25 December, 2008 04:20  
Anonymous Jimi said...

marriage courses for non-muslims? i don't think it is necessary. but i agree with medical check up before getting married.

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23 January, 2009 21:01  

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