Malaysia passes child sex crimes law, does not ban child marriage

Source: Reuters

A Malaysian MP said girls as young as nine were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage, as the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian country passed a law on sexual offences against children without criminalizing child marriage.

Shabudin Yahaya, a member of the Barisan Nasional coalition, made the comments in response to a proposal by an opposition member of parliament to amend the Sexual Offences Against Children bill to include a ban on child marriages.

The proposal was voted down by the majority of parliament.

“They reach puberty at the age of nine or 12. And at that time, their body is already akin to them being 18 years old. So physically and spiritually, it is not a barrier for the girl to marry,” Shabudin said on Tuesday during a debate on the bill.

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  1. 9 years is a bit overdoing it (or is it ‘under’-doing it?). But a minimum marriage age of 18 is the other extreme. Why am I the only one that makes a link between ‘the start of sexual activity’ and the ‘minimum marriage age’? The average (AVERAGE!) start of sexual activity in some European countries is 15 1/2 ! Therefore make up your own conclusion what the minimum marriage age should be. (I am not saying anything).

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