These Malaysia controversial marriages which still shocked and enraged many Malaysians all this time.
And not forgetting Malaysia child marriages.
The former journalist with Shin Chew daily Rev Ou Yang Wen Feng who lives in New York and serves at the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in New York.
According to him, it is his former wife of nine-year marriage, who provides him strength to be true to himself.
It was in 2006, Ouyang Wen Feng came out of the closet and made known of his sexual orientation.
He said that the kind of church which he co-founded in Kuala Lumpur is now “growing and developing”.
Ouyang Wen Feng talked about marriage to his African-American partner Phineas Newborn III.
As reported in a foreign press, it was his partner Phineas Newborn III who suggested to him two days after New York City legalized same-sex marriages.
Malaysia controversial marriages
Of course same-gender marriage and Muslim transsexuals changing their gender are illegal in Malaysia.
The husband Mohd Sufian Mohamad is actually a gadis Melayu (Malay girl).
The so-called husband was born Mazinah Mohamad.
Interesting, a mosque official solemnized their perkawinan (marriage) in December 2002.
The state religious affairs department refused to register the marriage after becoming suspicious of Sufian’s gender.
Malaysia Pelik tapi benar (strange but true).
Even though officially Malaysia doesn’t accept same-gender marriage, on July 31, 2011, a female couple known as Thomas and Apple got married in Batu Pahat, Johor.
It is the first reported this kind of female marriage in Malaysia.
Their controversial marriage received 6,100 likes on a Facebook fan site.
29 year-old Thomas and 27 year-old Apple, who are both property brokers underwent a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at their home.
Not forgetting the marriage of Jessie Chung and Joshua Beh back in 2005.
Malaysia Child Marriage
Of all the Malaysia controversial marriages is child marriage.
Remember 12 year old Nur Fazira Saad and 19 year-old Fahmi Alias marriage?
In 2012, the Malaysia Islamic court approved their marriage in the northern state of Kedah.
This child marriage angered many Malaysians, but the girl’s father, Saad Mustafa thought it was much more proper for the two to wed than to have them live together or be in a intimacy without the benefit of marriage.
In December 2011, there was a 14-year-old Muslim girl who married a 23-year-old teacher.
There is no publicly available government data on child marriage in Malaysia.
In 2000, the census showed that child marriage affected 6,800 girls below the age of 15 as well as 4,600 boys in Malaysia.
The numbers suggest that it is a common practice among Muslims as well as indigenous communities.