PETALING JAYA - An underage girl has wedded a man 30 years her senior as his third wife in Gua Musang, Kelantan.
It is learnt that the 41-year-old man went to Golok, a border town in southern Thailand to have the marriage solemnised with the 11-year-old girl.
The man, who already has two wives and six children, is said to be the imam of a surau at a village there.
His children are said to be between five and 18 years old and one of them is even friends with the girl.
The girl and her parents are Thai nationals but they are living in Gua Musang as the parents are working as rubber tappers there.
The matter became viral when his second wife posted photographs of the man and the young girl and their alleged solemnisation with the caption: "Selamat pengantin baru suamiku. Suami 41, Maduku 11 (Congratulations on your wedding, my husband. Husband 41, Another wife 11)".
The post has since been taken down. She uploaded another post, saying that she has referred the matter to the courts, the ustaz and the Social Welfare Department.
It is learnt that the department had gone to the village to investigate the matter.
Wan Azizah: Government monitoring marriage of 11-year-old girl
The Government is concerned about the marriage of an 11-year-old girl that has gone viral on social media.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she has instructed the officers from the Social Welfare Department to conduct a thorough investigation.
She said in a statement on Saturday that the Government is monitoring the issue closely.
"The Government is touched to see Malaysians so sensitive and responsive about this issue.
"Nevertheless, the decision that will be made has to be inclusive to ensure that the welfare and rights of each party are taken care of.
"The Government is determined to ensure that the legal system in the country is fair and that it protects the rights and dignity of each party," said Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
She added that the Government will also study the gaps in the current laws to ensure that the rule of law in the country is the best for everyone.
Dr Wan Azizah also said there will be no discrimination or oppression against any party including children.
She urged those who have information regarding the issue to report to the nearest Social Welfare Department and the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN).