KOTA KINABALU 17/12/2012: Almost 90 per cent of marriages involving Indonesian couples in Sabah were contracted under religious law and regarded as not valid under civil law, said the republic’s consul-general here, Soepeno Sahid.
Because of this, he urged all Indonesia couples in the state who had married under religious law to register their marriage with the Indonesan consulate here.
Soepeno said although a couple’s marriage was valid in the eyes of their religion, it was not certified as valid by the Indonesian civil authority as long as they had not register it under the republic’s civil law.
He was speaking to reporters after opening a session to create awareness on the issue among Indonesian working in the state-cum-marriage registration exercise held at the consulate.
“This is the second time we are organising this mass marriage registration exercise for Indonesian nationals who got married under religious law some years ago,” Soepeno said.
He said the registration was important in order to further protect the rights of those who got married under religious law.
“We got married in Karamunting, Sandakan in September 2011 in a very simple ceremony without legal registration. We were fortunate to be able to get birth certification for our newborn baby, which would be very difficult without proper marriage certification.
Zulkifli Awaludin, 25, and his wife, Fitriyani Ali,19,
“A marriage certificate is an important document and everyone must obtain such certificate to avoid complications and legal hassles as it can be very complicated when it comes to putting the children in school,”
Newly registered couple, Nasikhudin and Nyami (right).
“This Itsbat ceremony is an initiative by the Indonesian government to legalise the marriage, to ensure the next generation of Indonesian children born in Sabah will have the rights to education, legal Indonesian passport and also to inherit properties from their parents.
Indonesian Consul-General in Kota Kinabalu, Soepeno Sahid