Obedient Wives now into better understanding of polygamy

Obedient Wives now into better understanding of polygamy
File photo: Committee members of the Obedient Wives’ Club, which has stirred controversy in Malaysia and overseas. They include Ms Azlina Jamaluddin (front left) and Ms Fauziah Mohamed, 48 (front centre). The Obedient Wives’ Club is a group that gained international notoriety when its vice-president said wives must “serve their husbands better than a first-class prostitute”.

Remember the Obedient Wives Club (OWC)?

They caused a furore four years ago when they pitched sex lessons to help wives "serve their husbands better than a first-class prostitute" to promote harmonious marriages.

Now the "club" has rebranded itself. It has set up a new initiative called "Rumah Poligami Indah Dari Tuhan" (Beautiful Polygamy Home From God) based in Malacca, liberal news portal Malaysian Insider reported.

Former OWC committee member Dr Azlina Jamaluddin told the news portal that the initiative was established in December last year in an effort to provide a better understanding of polygamous marriages as advocated in Islam.

"There were certain parties who called for outlawing polygamy previously and Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) said it can't. So we formed the group because we want to support Jais."

She said that it was not intended to replace OWC.

Dr Azlina said the setting up of the group did not mean that it encouraged polygamy as its objective was to help society understand the concept of polygamy.

"For us, polygamy is not for all people, but we have to accept (it) because it is God's law. Do not understand, never mind, but accept first. Can't do it, it's fine, we don't force everyone to practise polygamy," she said.

Dr Azlina said that at present, their programmes that include courses, counselling and lectures were only for employees of the company GISB Holdings Sdn Bhd of which OWC is a part.

The women, numbering about 1,000, come from about 400 families.

This article was first published on Feb 25, 2015.
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