'Advise children not to marry young' in Malaysia

JOHOR BARU - Parents should advise their children against marrying at an early age to avoid any negative impact on the young couple, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.

The ministry did not condone such practices in the country, she added.

"Young couples and their parents should think of the future and whether marrying young is the right thing to do," she said du­­ring her meetings with senior citizens at Taman Ungku Tun Aminah here yesterday.

"There are many factors that parents should think of, including their children's education needs as they will find it difficult to continue their studies once married," she said.

Chew said besides education, young couples would face problems such as employment, financial issues and health, that would put a toll on their relationship as husband and wife.

"At the end of the day, the harmony within a family will be disrupted due to their decision in letting their children marry at a young age," she said.

In a recent case in Kluang, a 15-year-old boy married his 17-year-old girlfriend after they dated for about two months.

In another case in Malacca, a 15-year-old girl married a 21-year-old businessman at a mass wedding in Ayer Keroh with the blessings of both their families.