In her article titled ‘Child marriage is disgusting‘ Malay Mail assistant news editor Boo Su-Lyn wrote that the practice is abhorrent “paedophilia” and “an abomination”.
“It’s even worse if it’s a much older man and a young girl. That’s an abomination.
“Religion is often used to justify harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation.
“There is a difference between respecting one’s faith and allowing the violation of human rights in the name of religion.”
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The Malay Mail‘s resident feminist Ms Boo also asked, “How can a religion be merciful if it puts a girl at risk of abuse” — see screenshot above.
Boo’s comment comes in the wake of a proposal yesterday by PAS Pasir Puteh MP Dr Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad to permit teenagers to marry at a younger age.
Presently, girls can be exempted from the minimun age requirement of 16 for a Muslim marriage if the teen is able to obtain permission from the Syariah court.
Boo’s meddling is illustrative of a trend by vocal Chinese keen to instruct Malays on how to practise Islam.
These oppositionists are overly adamant in imposing their urban “human rights” values on others.
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I personally know of young relatives of my friends in Terengganu and Kelantan who have gotten married with the consent of the court.
It’s their community in the East Coast and the boundaries of their societal norms may not necessarily match those of Boo Su-Lyn’s ilk.
But ever since the rise and rise of the evangelical DAP with their Raja #sahur Twitter, “insya Allah”, buka puasa and pakai tudung-Occupy Masjid campaigns, opposition ideologues have felt emboldened to go around telling Muslims what they should and should not do.
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Juliet Capulet, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, was 13 years old. At that age, she married Romeo in the love story of the millennia. (ref. e-notes)
Lin Daiyu, the famous heroine in Dream of the Red Chamber, was also 13. The star-crossed Chinese girl did not however get to marry her lover Jia Baoyu and died of heartbreak when the boy was married off to another cousin instead.
Depending on the culture and era, marriage at a young age was/is nothing at all unusual.
What’s acceptable is determined by a society for its own members. On marriage matters, Muslims in Malaysia fall under the purview of Syariah.
It is not for Christian missionaries to dictate positions, to impose ‘modern’ white values on the rest of the world or to frown upon how other religions choose to run their communities.