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Probe on undergrads who marry in secret
Sun, Feb 21, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

By FARIK ZOLKEPLI

JOHOR BARU: A group of undergraduates at a university in Kuala Lumpur are "getting married" and living as husband and wife without the knowledge of their parents or the local religious authorities.

The group claimed that the unions, which were blessed and witnessed by fellow students, were valid based on the teachings of the Islamic sect that they followed.

The matter came to light after one of the "wives" became pregnant, and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin wants tertiary institutions to work closely with state religious departments to curb such deviant teachings.

"If the report (about the marriages) is true, then the university must work together with the religious department.

"Let the department investigate before taking further action," he told newsmen after launching an entrepreneur programme for graduates in Kong Kong, Masai, here yesterday.

He however said his ministry had yet to receive an official report on the teachings of the sect.

On another issue, Mohamed Khaled urged local banks and monetary financial institutions to be more supportive of programmes that involved graduate entrepreneurs.

"We want to encourage more graduates to delve into entrepreneurship as it provides a different job opportunity.

"Their effort will not be successful without the monetary support such as loans from banks," he said.

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