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Malaysia cop sacked for taking second wife
September 22, 2007 / 5:23 PM / 10 years ago

Malaysia cop sacked for taking second wife

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - One policeman in mainly Muslim Malaysia has been sacked and another demoted -- both for taking a second wife.

A newspaper said on Saturday the pair, who were married abroad, had not sought prior approval from their respective commanders.

“In the force, we have to vet whom they (policemen) want to marry as a policy,” the New Straits Times quoted the country’s police chief, Musa Hassan, as saying.

“You can’t just simply marry anyone for security reasons. They got married overseas and they didn’t even inform they went overseas,” he said. “Let this be a lesson to other police officers.”

Just over half of Malaysia’s 26 million people are Muslims. Islam says a man can take up to four wives if he is able to support them.

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