Malaysian leader asks people to encourage polygamy
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Last Updated: Friday, December 11, 2009, 18:47
  
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's leading religious party leader has told the people to encourage polygamy, a remark that could spark off a controversy in the country.

Menteri Besar (grand minister) Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who leads the Pan Malaysia Islamic Party said that Ulemas could be model polygamous husbands.

"Normally, when a man likes a beautiful woman, he will take her as his second wife," Nik Aziz said at the 20th anniversary of Ulema leadership at the Kelantan Trade Centre in Kota Baru.

"But after they have children, he will divorce the woman. This is the bad image that I meant which should be cleaned up," the 76-year-old leader was quoted as saying by Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times.

"Ulemas can play an important role in clearing this image," he said.

Aziz said they would set good examples on what a true polygamous marriage was all about in Islam. This would also clear misunderstanding among people about polygamy.

Aziz said it was the Ulema's duty to help create better understanding among Muslims.

"The clean image must be highlighted to the world, especially in the era of information and communication technology, so that Islamic practices can be emulated by all communities," he said.

PTI


First Published: Friday, December 11, 2009, 18:47


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