JAKIM doesn’t recognise marriage solemnisation packages from Thailand

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13: The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) has never provided any recognition to any party offering solemnisation packages in Thailand as advertised on social media.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar said claims associating JAKIM with these packages were false as they clearly contradicted JAKIM’s role in ensuring the Islamic community adheres to laws and regulations.

“For example, if polygamous marriage is conducted in Thailand as part of a package, the validity of that marriage status may be questioned. According to the law, couples who marry in Thailand are required to register (their marriage with the religious authorities) upon their return to the country… but it must be noted, there are provisions under Section 12 (2) read together with Section 40 (2) of the state Islamic Family Law Enactments,” he told reporters after distributing iftar meals to employees of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) at Wisma Bernama here today.

Mohd Na’im was referring to some wedding service packages in Thailand that had been advertised on social media with claims that they were ‘recognised by JAKIM and the Malaysian government’.