Quickie marriages among young couples is one of the factors behind the increasing divorce rate among Muslims in Sarawak.
According to statistics, about 50% of registered marriages in the state ended up in divorce.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said the divorce rate among Muslims in big cities such as Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu had risen.
“The number of Muslim couples getting married is increasing every year. Unfortunately, the divorce rate is also going up.
“The major contribution to divorce in the state is that couples are getting married too early and too fast.
“Initially, they think they are compatible but after some time, they realise they are not. Then, they bid goodbye and divorce. Some of them even left their spouses and disappeared,” he told reporters after attending the Aidiladha sacrificial slaughter of animals at the Nur Hidayah surau in Kampung Kolong 2 Wetan here yesterday.
Daud said the state Islamic Council offered counselling to couples who wanted to save their marriage.