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Malaysia mulls compatibility quiz for couples who want to wed

  • Martin Carvalho, Hemananthani Sivanandam, Rahimy Rahim, and Tarrence Tan

    The Star/ Asia News Network

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   /   Wed, July 10, 2019   /   12:12 pm
Malaysia mulls compatibility quiz for couples who want to wed A couple's hands with wedding rings. The voluntary quiz aims to check if couples are properly matched with each other before tying the knot. (The Straits Times/ANN/-)

Malaysian couples who want to marry can find out if they are a good match by taking a compatibility quiz, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh.

She said the government was mulling introducing an online compatibility quiz for singles and dating couples.

The voluntary quiz, modelled on marriage counsellors' questionnaires, is akin to a personality test where couples can check if they are properly matched with each other before tying the knot.

This is to help prevent their marriage from ending in divorce.

"The couples can take part in the quiz voluntarily to determine their personality traits," Ms Yeoh told reporters at Parliament lobby on Tuesday (July 9).

She said the quiz was not confined to couples, but could be done by young people wishing to know more about their personality traits.

Marriage counsellors usually conduct personality trait tests.

Earlier, in Dewan Rakyat, Yeoh said that married couples between 30 and 34 years old suffer the highest rate of divorce.

"It was found that most couples rush into marriage without first knowing themselves or their partners well enough.

"That is why we are considering a compatibility test," she said when answering a question raised by Datuk Jalaluddin Alias (BN-Jelebu).

She said that based on a study, she said that "misunderstanding" was cited as the main cause of marriage breakdown among young couples.

"For women, one third of them cited misunderstanding as reason for divorce followed by unfaithful and irresponsible husbands.

"For men, almost half of them cited misunderstanding as reason for divorce, followed by interference by in-laws and infidelity," she said.

Based on the National Registration Department records, Yeoh said that between 2013 and May 31 this year, 17,359 trouble marriages were due to financial issues.

This was followed by third party interference with 6,574 cases including 4,884 cases of emotional and physical abuse.

Yeoh also said that there was a drop in the number of marriages from 200,274 in 2016 to 190,532 in 2017.

She added that the number of divorces had also dropped from 51,642 cases in 2016 to 49,965 cases.

She said that Selangor had the highest rate of divorce for non-Muslim couples with 2,068 cases, followed by Johor with 1,526 cases and Perak with 1,249 cases.

As for Muslim couples, she said that Selangor recorded the highest number with 8,794 cases, followed by Johor with 4,441 cases and Kedah with 3,551 cases.