IPOH: The Perak government plans to amend Section 23 of the Islamic Family Enactment (Perak) 2004 to make polygamy easier for Muslim men.
State executive councillor Asmuni Awi said under the existing enactment, the shariah courts’ hands were tied if the first wife did not appear in court to state her case.
“Some wives agree to allow their husbands to be polygamous but do not like to appear in court. So the amendments will give the court the discretion whether to call the wife or not when arriving at a decision,” he said.
He was speaking after launching the Perak Islamic Religious Council’s matchmaking website and Module on Understanding Polygamy in Perak, here, today.
The website cintasakinahjaipk.perak.my can be accessed from today.