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