12 Jul '11, 8am

Young in Malaysia, Indonesia oppose polygamy: Poll

Young in Malaysia, Indonesia oppose polygamy: Poll

A polygamist man walks with three of his four wives and some of their children outside one of his four houses at Sepang, south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. -- PHOTO: AP KUALA LUMPUR - THE vast majority of young Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia appear to disapprove of the traditional acceptance of polygamy but remain reluctant to openly support interfaith marriages or premarital sex, a new survey shows. In the survey coordinated by two German-based cultural organisations, 86.5 per cent of 1,496 Indonesians interviewed and 72.7 per cent of 1,060 Malaysians said they were against polygamy. More females opposed polygamy compared to males, who are permitted four wives under Islamic law. The findings indicate that opinions among the young in both Muslim-majority nations 'have shifted from the traditional viewpoint that sees polygamy as an Islamic precept,' according to a survey s...

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